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Local teen ballerina is redefining what it means to be ‘challenged’

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By Abby Kaup

www.thefoothillsfocus.com, 8/21/19

 

NORTH PHOENIX – At just 13-years-old, Natalia Cardona is transforming what it means to be an athlete.

Natalia first began dancing at age seven, taking classes in ballet, jazz and hip hop. A few years later, she decided to focus solely on ballet. A passionate ballerina and eager student, Natalia now trains intensively at the Arizona Classical Ballet, where she is learning a classical Russian method of ballet.

However, in March of 2018 the talented young girl faced a startling discovery that seemed to put her dreams of dancing in jeopardy. She was diagnosed with gastroparesis, a rare autoimmune disease that paralyzes the stomach, leaving Natalia unable to eat and causing her to lose 13 pounds in a brief period.

 

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