At the age of 36, Lisa Sniderman’s star was rising. Passionate about her career and also coming into her own as a gifted singer-songwriter, Aoede the Muse of Song, she could not have imagined the journey she was about to take when a health crises brought her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating autoimmune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), that would drastically limit her activities and eventually confine her to her home, Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. While her dreams were dying, Lisa’s muse was also rising. Rather than succumb to self-pity or despair, Lisa used her creativity and positive attitude to reframe her situation and thrive in spite of her disability. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams and new opportunities.
Whether you, too, live with a disability, or have just lost your inspiration in the creative process, you will meet in Lisa’s story a light in the darkness-an indomitable spirit that will encourage you to live life to the fullest, no matter what curveballs have come your way. An African proverb states: “When the music changes, so does the dance.” May you find in Lisa’s confessions, reflections, insights and life lessons the inspiration, hope, support, courage and motivation to keep dancing, and most of all, to never, ever give up on your dreams.