You are trying to rest so I don't want to disturb you but I'd love to have a couple of minutes with you just to clear my mind and make sure we're on the same page.
I have told you before how lucky I feel to have had you fight for me when I least deserved it. After treating you like something that was just never good enough, or becoming completely obsessed with your appearance, you have stuck with me and remained strong, flexible and incredibly hard working but almost two months ago I relied on you that little bit too much and you finally gave way. I think I'd probably overloaded you with demands for so long that you reached your last straw and broke. I am so sorry. That day, when you told me you needed a break and were in pain, I tried really hard to ignore you. You always picked yourself up and carried on before so why should that day have been any different. Only this time you were serious.
Now, six weeks into caring for my first series injury, I am learning more about myself and about working with you, my body, than ever before. I know it sometimes doesn't seem it but I really am trying to be patient and to give you the time you really need to rebuild. I hope you understand that I am not angry with you. If I try to do something that you're not quite ready for, or cry for what seems to be no reason, I'm just frustrated. I miss being a great team...mind and body both firing at the same pace. I miss just being able to get up and do what I love to do with your full support. Instead, I am having to be careful and tentative until you tell me you are ready.
I hope that the work we're doing together with new exercises is filling you with strength. I am definitely learning how to look after you more than I ever did before, which can only be a good thing. I also hope that the podcasts and me trying to stay as positive as I can during the process is helping you, even just a tiny bit.
So...my dear body, I'm just not sure how long this is going to take but I promise to listen and respect your voice. If you shout out any doubts or warnings then I will listen and not push you too hard. I need you, it's that simple. I need you to be better because I sure as hell won't get very far without you. And when you're ready, I can't wait to be back dancing, because we love it. I know we'll be stronger and more in sync than we left off two months ago.