Life is a dance. For some it’s a beautiful, fluid waltz, for others, a tango. For Bre... life is a ballet. In her short 18 years she has battled a lifetime of medical issues and diagnosis that could have easily left her angry and bitter. But not Bre! This girl is full of life and joy and compassion.
While Bre has privately dealt with medical issues most of her life, her freshman year in high school she was told that she needed to undergo major back surgery to remove a mass from her lower back. Bre grew up dancing so when the first surgeon that her parents consulted told her that she would never dance again and that most likely her walking would be affected by the surgery, Bre refused to accept that outcome. With the support of her family, Bre chose to postpone the surgery, even though she was in severe pain. By her junior year in high school, the pain had become disabling. She could not sit and sleep at night became difficult. It was around this same time that the Lord lead her parents to a surgeon in Nashville, Tennessee. Although there were still risks involved with Bre’s back surgery, the family walked away from their first meeting with Dr. Grethchen Jackson with a feeling of complete peace. Bre, who was bed ridden three months prior to surgery, knew that the time had come. Still facing the prospect that she might not ever dance again, she viewed the surgery as simply “another speedbump in life!” She told her parents that if she could not dance, she would find a new hobby… “I’ve always wanted to learn to play the violen!”
Bre’s surgery was successful! Her recovery was long but Bre fought back and her senior year of high school was co-captain of the Cullman High School dance team and she currently teaches a dance class at The Factory dance studio. After high school Bre plans to pursue a degree in nursing. The care she received during her surgery and hospital stays has inspired her to want to help care for children facing similar medical challenges.
A great ballet tells a story often full of twists and turns. While Bre’s ballet is still being written, she is dancing through life with the grace and joy of the most accomplished prima ballerina!