Jordan McEachin – 19 - Virginia Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nominated by Nicole McEachin and Heather Chesky Photography by Heather Chesky Photography Issue 19 | Performer
The Nominations: Something inspiring about Jordan McEachin is her recovery after her HSP( Henoch- Schonlein purpura) diagnoses. During her recovery, she was determined to get back into shape to perform with her dance company. After months of physical therapy, she performed in three shows. Anything is possible with hard work, passion and determination. - Nicole McEachin
Jordan was your average teen who loved performing on stage….Until one day, she got strep. Strep then turned into a serious of more intense and extremely painful symptoms that persisted for weeks and months on end.
Finally, after seeing a slew of doctors and being poked and prodded for endless tests and exams, Jordan was diagnosed with Henoch-Schonlein Purpura, or HSP.
Jordan was immediately hospitalized for over a month to go through treatment. As her body slowly strengthened, she was able to go home.
Determined to not fall behind in school, Jordan continued her studies while homebound and eventually was able to return for the final quarter of her school year.
However, the medication and steroids she was required to take caused extreme swelling and Jordan was unrecognizable, even by her closest friends. In fact, she was often mistaken for a new student.
In spite of the daily struggles she faced, Jordan continued her studies and worked diligently to be healthy enough to dance again. And because of her persistence, she made a full recovery and was back preforming on stage quicker than anyone, including her doctors, thought possible.
Jordan has come out of this illness even stronger than before and is determined to not let any circumstance stand in the way of her goals.
In fact, Jordan is now is a freshman at AMDA in LA and is happily pursing a degree in musical theatre.
Perhaps what is most inspiring about Jordan is that she has said that “any obstacle in life can be overcome with persistence.” She is living proof of that truth. - Heather Chesky
Tell us about HSP.
HSP is a form of blood vessel inflammation called vasculitis caused by an autoimmune reaction to an everyday illness like the flu or strep. As a result, blood vessels burst throughout your body, causing purple-hued rashes to appear under the skin’s surface. Not only does HSP cause a rash-like appearance covering your body, but it also causes joint inflammation and a swollen abdomen bringing violent waves of pain usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
What are some ways you stayed positive during your hospitalization?
To stay positive in the hospital, I focused on keeping myself busy by painting ceiling tiles for future patients to enjoy in their rooms. I was fortunate enough to have many friends from school and dance visit me and send cards of positive encouragement for a speedy recovery.
How did your career in dancing, acting and singing begin?
I started dancing at the age of three, after watching Maisy Mouse. I first started in ballet, and quickly added multiple styles of dance to my repertoire, from jazz, modern, contemporary, hiphop, and my favorite style, tap. From then on, I completely fell in love with the performing arts, adding individual voice lessons and acting classes since middle school.
What are some of your favorite shows you have performed in and why?
Some of my favorite shows I have done would be the dance review styled shows I had the opportunity to travel abroad for with my youth performing arts company. I was given the opportunity to travel to both Greece and South Africa to immerse different cultures together through the art of dance and performing. In addition, doing Beauty and the Beast with my high school my senior year was one of my favorite shows to be a part of. Not only is it because I am a huge Disney fan, but also because the music in the show is stunning! Beauty and the Beast is definitely one of my all time favorite Disney movies. Currently, I am in my college's stage reading of 9-5 and can already tell it is going to be one of my favorite shows to be a part of!
What are your plans for the future?
Currently, I am a freshman at AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles for a BFA in Musical Theatre. After college, I hope to go into television and film as an actress as well as become a performer on Broadway.
Jordan will be featured in issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!