A BROMSGROVE woman whose parents were told she may never walk when she was born has defied the odds and, at the age of 28, has a string of dance awards under her belt.
Faye Squires-Bridgwater has overcome the muscle disorder and has managed her emphatic achievements with help and hard work.
Her parents William Bridgwater and Gillian Squires made the decision to work with her from a very early age and, after mastering walking, she started dancing at the age of four.
Faye joined the Bromsgrove School of Dance and, working through a grading system, now has an impressive collection of trophies, medals and certificates.
In a dance exam in November she also managed to get 100 per cent and in May she will be taking her ‘Apprenticeship 1’ and plans to go onto the second level if she passes that.
Her condition also affected her hearing and she needs to use aids and a ‘bone conductor’ so she can hear.
She faced more heartbreak two years ago when her mum passed away after a cancer battle.
William said: “Me and Gillian were so proud of Faye – she is amazing.
“All the hard work we and she put in has paid off.”
He thanked Children in Need which provided some of Faye’s walking aids and the NHS for the treatment for her conditions which has enabled her to make such brilliant progress.
Faye paid tribute to her dance teachers Denise and Charlotte for the help they have given her and now supports other people with learning difficulties who are learning to dance.
“I have had to battle through a fair amount of pain but it has all been worth it.
“I would say to anyone who finds themselves in a similar position to me to just keep going and never give up.
“You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.”
Faye has struggled with her weight over the years and joined her local Slimming World group last April.
She has already shed a 1st 3.5lbs and has dropped from a size 28 to between a 16 and 18.
She is now more agile and dancing is a lot easier.
She is currently working hard at slimming down even more.