This woman suffers from a nerve disorder which causes her to collapse and faint every time she laughs or cry.
Meet woman who collapses and faints every time she laughs or cry
This woman suffers from a nerve disorder which causes her to collapse and faint everytime she laughs or cry.
Dawn Jones, 40, suffers from a nerve disorder called cataplexy which causes her to collapse every time she laughs or cry.
The 40-year-old, is often admitted to hospital with head injuries and is forced to take several medicines daily to stabilise her condition.
She told the Sunday People: 'Every time I laugh hard or get upset, I collapse and my head falls forward like a rag doll's.
'I've had to learn to hold back my emotions. Some days I can laugh more than others, but it's changed my whole life.'
The mother-of-six, from Gwynedd, United Kingdom first developed the symptoms of narcolepsy in 2010 when she was pregnant but it wasn't until 2012 that she discovered she had cataplexy, which has no cure.
And because her behaviour is so unusual she carries a card explaining her condition in her wallet in case she collapses.
She told the newspaper: 'When I'm out sometimes people think I'm drunk. Or if I don't laugh at a joke they ask "Was that not funny enough for you?" They think I'm aloof.'
She even collapsed on her first date with now-husband Rhys, 42, after he told her a joke and she burst into laughter then fell and hit her head on a table at her daughter Amy's 16th birthday.
If she knows he is going to laugh she has to make sure she is prepared.
She said: 'Rhys wanted to show me a funny clip on YouTube while I was eating. He told me to put my knife and fork down and finish my mouthful. Then he played me the video and of course I collapsed.
Dawn who used to have a great sense of humour says she would sell her kidney for a cure.
"I'm so desperate. I feel like I've had half of my life stolen but I try not to dwell on it too much as it makes me cry." She added.
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