Shae Haskins is 18 years old, and plans on becoming a pediatric nurse. In her spare time, she dances as much as she possibly can and travels with her friends and family. She is having a busy 2015; within the the next few months she'll be swing dancing at are Meet me in St. Louis, the Atlanta Swing Classic.
AXIS: Could you please explain to our audience about your illnesses?
Shae: I have Complex regional pain syndrome. It's the worst disease you've never heard of. It causes severe nerve pain, muscle degeneration and hypersensitivity. It causes my bladder to shut down so I had to use self-catheters for over a year until I got my bladder pacemaker. It also caused intestinal dysmotility and neuropathy in my GI tract.
What has drawn you to world of dance?
I have been dancing as long as I can remember, so I don't remember exactly what initially drew me in to dance, but I know what kept me dancing, and that is the feeling of utter and complete happiness when I dance.
How has dance helped you coped with your illnesses?
Dance helps me cope with my illness because it distracts me from the pain, and when I dance I don't feel stuck inside my body. I feel amazing when I dance because I can create something beautiful.
What is your favorite type of music and or dance?
I like all types my music - mostly mainstream stuff, and my favorite type of dance is West Coast Swing.
I know you like competition dance, what is your aspect of it and why?
There are so many things I love about dance competitions. There is just something about dancing non stop all weekend with people that love dance just as much as you do, and there is this amazing adrenaline rush when I compete. I love dancing, but competing in dance is just a whole new level of happiness!