Grace Fields

Marco Island • Florida

Story

My name is Grace Fields and I have been a dancer for most of my life. My mom said I was dancing and moving since I was born. When I was a toddler I was diagnosed with my twin sister with Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, also called HLH, is an immune deficiency disorder. It is a rapidly fatal childhood disease and there is no cure. Me and my twin sister had bone marrow transplants to try to keep the disorder in check. Unfortunately, my twin sister passed away and I still live with the disorder knowing that I have a low immune system and can get very sick and die at anytime, so I have to be careful and keep myself as healthy as possible. When I was a toddler I was mostly in isolation and after my transplant my muscles were very weak. The Doctor suggested to my mom to put me in dance to socialize myself with other children and gain muscle strength. I was around two years old and then started my love for dance. My mom was working so I would go with my dad to mommy daughter class, my dad was the only dad and that was funny. My parents saw how I was connecting with dance and getting stronger. I continued on and now I am thirteen and my parents say I am a miracle and I owe it all to dance. It keeps me strong and healthy but most of all it is my life. Dance to me is like breathing. When I am in the studio or on stage I can be and do whatever I want. I can express all my emotions, love, anger excitement, joy any and all emotions at one time. I want to be a role model for others to show them even though you have hard challenges or live with difficulty you can keep on living to the fullest. Dance makes me happy and I could not imagine ever stopping or not dancing. I feel I can continue to have a long life as long as I stay healthy. I am Grace Fields an #iamuntappedpotential. I have done a lot of fun stuff with dance from recreational performances, competitions, as a company dance member, to dancing with Twyla Tharp, I will continue this journey and have as much fun as possible! You should do what you love no matter, what life is short but awesome!!! #untappedmovement