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Ballroom Healing
CU NURSING FACULTY MEMBER DANCES TOWARD RECOVERY
By Debra Melani

Linda Johnson
practices with
her dance partner
Timmy Merz

CU College of Nursing | Fall/Winter 2019

A

sense of sadness struck Linda Johnson
just before the phone rang. Although
it marked the end of a long road, the
three-time cancer survivor was facing
a breast implant surgery.

She immediately said yes.

DETERMINED NATURE
OVERCOMES ADVERSITY
After being partnered with Timmy
Merz and making sure the owner of
Booth Dancesport Ballroom in Denver
was aware of her health issues, Johnson
began her dance training - and what
turned into an ongoing healing journey.

Battling her sinking feeling, Johnson
answered the phone. Would she join "Dancing with the
Broomfield Stars?" a person from her local Broomfield
Community Foundation asked.

"Linda has improved probably more
than any other student I've ever worked
with," said Merz, whose athletic background and approach meshed with
Johnson's. "Not a lot of people really
commit to going that deep and being
that vulnerable, but Linda had no problem doing that."

"I knew I had to do it," said Johnson, DNP, assistant professor
in the University of Colorado College of Nursing and specialty
director of the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program.

Facing down cancer three times
might have had something to do with
Johnson's courage.

More healing. More downtime. No
swimming.



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