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health advocacy for mental & physical wellbeing

My young adult life has proven to be a bit more difficult than I had expected.  I have been plagued with chronic pain that has come with my delayed diagnoses of hip dysplasia, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and OCD. I have also recently lost my father to a terrible brain cancer.  Here, I document my journey through life challenges while doing my best to focus on the gifts I have been given: dancing, creativity, art, friends, family and most importantly love. Thank you for joining me!

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PeriAcetabular Osteotomy = Persevere And Overcome

August 23, 2018 | Nicole Zizzi


I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for the community of support that I've built for myself. This includes my friends, my family, my incredible care and support team at both Boston Children's Hospital and Girl Fit Physical Therapy, and the Boston dance community.  To everyone who has joined and supported me through this journey, I can't thank you enough.  I am constantly reminded to never give up.  

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Check out more of my story  as a volunteer storyteller with the national non-profit: This is My Brave. 

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community building & mental health advocay through dance

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At the end of 2019, on the eve of the pandemic, Evolve Dynamicz produced LUCIDITY, a full evening length work of vignettes exploring the topic of mental health. Evolve Dynamicz told their stories of mental health through dance and choreography and were joined by performers of This is My Brave who also shared their experiences through verbal storytelling. The evening ended with a discussion, led by Nicole Harris of MonkeyHouse Dance, between performers and audience members with input from a panel of mental health professionals. The compassion in the theater was especially palpable.