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I can't believe I'm about to write this. I can't believe it actually happened. It sounds so foolish. Maybe it's one of those 'you had to be there' moments for you to understand. I just bawled my eyes out over a dance on "Dancing With the Stars".

For those of you who haven't been watching this year, one of their contestants is J.R. Martinez. Who's that, you ask? He's currently a star on the soap opera "All My Children" and is a former Iraq War veteran.

In April 2003, at 19 years old, he was serving as a Humvee driver for the U.S. Army in Iraq when his left front tire hit a landmine. He suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to more than 40 percent of his body.

J.R. was immediately evacuated and sent to Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio where he spent 34 months in recovery. Since his injury, he has undergone 33 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery. link

If you've seen him, you probably remember him because of how badly his face still is and because he is missing part of one of his ears. Here's a picture of him.

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Tonight, on DWTS, the theme was to dance to a song that reminded you of your most memorable year and to tell your story of why it was so important. J.R. and his dance partner Karina Smirnoff danced to Tim McGraw's "If You're Reading This". lyrics link

J.R. told the story of when he got injured in Iraq and the first thing he remembered after the accident was waking up in the hospital with his mama by his side. He talked about the first time he saw his face and how depressed he was for a long time. He said he thought he would have been better off dead.

Then he had a talk with his mama that changed him. He said he had been pretty hopeless that anyone would ever love him when his mama told him that the person he was going to be with would be someone that loved him for who he was not for his looks. He couldn't really explain it but said that just hit him to the point where it woke him up and from then on he simply decided that he was going to be positive and make the best out of things.

J.R. dedicated the dance to all of the service men and women who didn't make it home.

Then he and Karina danced the most beautiful, slow, romantic dance to "If You're Reading This". youtube song link

The song is about a service member who wrote a letter to his wife that she would only be reading if he had given the ultimate sacrifice.

While J.R. is no pro, he is a natural dancer and he truly gave his all to this dance. You could see and feel the emotion coming from him and Karina during the dance. It was as though he was communicating just how big a sacrifice all of our military and their families have given with the price of their lives and their loved one's lives. I felt like I was watching angels in heaven dancing the greatest love of all that God talks about in His Word.

The dance made me realize even more than I have in the past about the gift that our fallen heroes have, still do and will give to everyone of us here in this greatest nation that's ever been on this old earth of ours.

I only wish I could say in words what I felt watching the dance and seeing the look on J.R.s face when it was over. You could tell it took a lot out of him and that he was still thinking of our fallen heroes as he stood there listening to the judges. I almost think he didn't really hear the judges because he was a million miles away all the way to Heaven and a part of him still left in Iraq.

I will come back and post the video once it's available. I hope you will watch it with an open heart and be touched even half as much as I was.

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ilja


There's one more thing I failed to mention. After watching J.R. for the past few weeks on DWTS, the one thing that I find most amazing is that you forget about his face because he has such a great attitude and to quote someone at another site dedicated to these shows, "you don't even pay attention to his injuries because J.R. doesn't let them stop him." Or as another poster stated "he just seems like a really nice guy who isn't trying to make this all about "overcoming adversity." He doesn't trade on that at all, which makes me like him even more. As you said, it doesn't take long at all to get past the injury factor, because his whole manner practically insists that you do. I heard a little snippet of an interview with Karina, who said that naturally, at first, you can't help but wonder about what he went through but after maybe five minutes, you forget about what he looks like, because he's got such a great smile and sense of humor about everything."

As a matter of fact, I personally now find him quite attractive.

Here's the video link with J.R.'s portion of his story and the full dance. I messed up a little in my explanation but listening to him tell it is so much more touching.
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well, i'm sobbing. thanks for posting this, ilja.
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Sadly the attention is focused on Chaz Bono..
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houston hot mama, on 03 October 2011 - 10:16 PM, said:

well, i'm sobbing. thanks for posting this, ilja.

Did you see it too?
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BrahSumatra, on 03 October 2011 - 10:22 PM, said:

Sadly the attention is focused on Chaz Bono..

Chaz and everyone else was overshadowed tonight despite what the scores might say. I suspect J.R. and Karina are going to get the most votes ever for a couple at this point in the show.
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I watched it too, with tissues at hand. It was beautiful.
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USNRETWIFE, on 03 October 2011 - 10:31 PM, said:

I watched it too, with tissues at hand. It was beautiful.

Oh good! I wanted to hear from someone else who saw it. I just love how J.R. moves his body. I'm still a little choked up about it and it's been nearly 2 hours since I watched it.
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I don't watch DWTS, but I was interested to see how well Val Kilmer would perform. Then I found out that it was the child of Sonny and Cher and not Val. So I lost interest. This sounds like something that would actually make it worth watching...even though Val Kilmer is not really Val...but some ugly fat dude, who used to be Sonny and Cher's daughter.
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I saw the dance and I cried my eyes out over it. It was the best dance of the night!!! It was the best dance I've ever seen on Dancing with the Stars because it moved me to tears...it was genuine and heartfelt. I didn't call in and vote for them although I probably should have!

As to Chaz Bono...he/she should go tomorrow although it will probably be someone else who is sent home. Chaz will stick around for awhile because their is a phone bank of people out their voting for he/she because of the gay thing. Doesn't matter if the dancing is up to parr or not...the votes will continue to come in.

Not sure what to call Chaz...the transition to male is not complete so as far as I'm concern - still female.
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cirej2000, on 04 October 2011 - 02:06 AM, said:

I don't watch DWTS, but I was interested to see how well Val Kilmer would perform. Then I found out that it was the child of Sonny and Cher and not Val. So I lost interest. This sounds like something that would actually make it worth watching...even though Val Kilmer is not really Val...but some ugly fat dude, who used to be Sonny and Cher's daughter.


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I haven't seen the show but I cried just reading your post. Thanks for listing this. Let me know when you have a YouTube link.m, I will have my Kleenex at hand.
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video is here
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I haven't seen the dance yet, it's on my DVR and as soon as I can get my TV back from kiddo I plan to watch! But JR... he's amazing! First night Katie asked what had happened to him and she listened to the intro and we talked a little then we watched him dance and my 7 y.o. said "He's SO beautiful, Mommy, because you see right to his nice inside and he's got such a pretty smile, you forget to look at his scars." He is such an inspiration. Now, I am going to go click that link and cry a bit!
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Just watched... seriously cried. He is so beautiful.
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Ilja, I am a longtime fan of AMC and watched as JR came on for a short term story about Iraqie war vets. We watched him as he went from being rather uncomfortable on screen to become an actual actor, with love scenes, humorous scenes and serious scenes. We love him. He is amazing us on DWTS. I cried my eyes out last night too. My granddaughter and i watch every week, and she says she knows JR has scars, but she doesn't notice them because his smile is so big and the light in his eyes just makes the scars disapear. She is 7. there is NO doubt God saved this man for a purpose. He has a big fan base just from AMC, and I hope he does really well on Dancin', and may it be a jumping board for better things even yet to come for him.
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ilja, on 03 October 2011 - 10:25 PM, said:

houston hot mama, on 03 October 2011 - 10:16 PM, said:

well, i'm sobbing. thanks for posting this, ilja.
Did you see it too?


i didn't, but i'm going to watch it online.
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cirej2000, on 04 October 2011 - 02:06 AM, said:

I don't watch DWTS, but I was interested to see how well Val Kilmer would perform. Then I found out that it was the child of Sonny and Cher and not Val. So I lost interest. This sounds like something that would actually make it worth watching...even though Val Kilmer is not really Val...but some ugly fat dude, who used to be Sonny and Cher's daughter.


:spank:

:lol: Yeah, you should give it a try. I'm enjoying it even with the star I used to love as a little girl.
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Lyndsey, on 04 October 2011 - 04:08 AM, said:

I saw the dance and I cried my eyes out over it. It was the best dance of the night!!! It was the best dance I've ever seen on Dancing with the Stars because it moved me to tears...it was genuine and heartfelt. I didn't call in and vote for them although I probably should have!As to Chaz Bono...he/she should go tomorrow although it will probably be someone else who is sent home. Chaz will stick around for awhile because their is a phone bank of people out their voting for he/she because of the gay thing. Doesn't matter if the dancing is up to parr or not...the votes will continue to come in. Not sure what to call Chaz...the transition to male is not complete so as far as I'm concern - still female.


I'm so glad you got to see it and that I wasn't the only one blubbering after the dance. It is the first dance that I can remember on this show that has brought me to tears.

As for the Chaz thing, yeah it bothers me too though I'm not in the camp of shouldn't be invited but when I do talk about the subject, I try to avoid using pronouns.
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TNnative, on 04 October 2011 - 07:50 AM, said:

I haven't seen the show but I cried just reading your post. Thanks for listing this. Let me know when you have a YouTube link.m, I will have my Kleenex at hand.


Gertie added the link in her post below yours. I'll add it to my blog in a minute. Thank you for saying that. Maybe I was able to describe it a little bit. Though I did not get J.R. words exact in his description as I'm about to find out if that portion is included in the clip.
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bwana50, on 04 October 2011 - 10:51 AM, said:

I haven't seen the dance yet, it's on my DVR and as soon as I can get my TV back from kiddo I plan to watch! But JR... he's amazing! First night Katie asked what had happened to him and she listened to the intro and we talked a little then we watched him dance and my 7 y.o. said "He's SO beautiful, Mommy, because you see right to his nice inside and he's got such a pretty smile, you forget to look at his scars." He is such an inspiration. Now, I am going to go click that link and cry a bit!

Out of the mouths of babes. :wub:
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KenaiLady, on 04 October 2011 - 11:55 AM, said:

Ilja, I am a longtime fan of AMC and watched as JR came on for a short term story about Iraqie war vets. We watched him as he went from being rather uncomfortable on screen to become an actual actor, with love scenes, humorous scenes and serious scenes. We love him. He is amazing us on DWTS. I cried my eyes out last night too. My granddaughter and i watch every week, and she says she knows JR has scars, but she doesn't notice them because his smile is so big and the light in his eyes just makes the scars disapear. She is 7. there is NO doubt God saved this man for a purpose. He has a big fan base just from AMC, and I hope he does really well on Dancin', and may it be a jumping board for better things even yet to come for him.

I used to watch AMC but never saw it when he was on it. Sounds like another babe with the ability to see better than adults.

I do believe you are right that God saved him for a very special reason. I can't help but suspect that last night was one of those reasons. I can only imagine how it touched those spouses who have lost their heroes.
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