Challenges That Change Us

18 {Prudie Woods} Being short stature in average height world

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Episode notes

In today’s episode we will be talking to my good friend Prudie Woods, whose incredibly strong daughter Rosie went to school with my own daughter.

As a part of her story Prudie will be sharing how everything changed 6 weeks after the birth of her daughter when they started to realise Rosie had Achondroplasia. This is a genetic condition affecting a protein in the body called the fibroblast growth factor receptor. In achondroplasia, this protein begins to function abnormally, slowing down the growth of bone in the cartilage of the growth plate.

What followed was a big life lesson for their entire family on helping someone of short stature live in our world.

In today’s episode Sarah shares:

-      The moment a nurse first told her she thought her daughter was disproportioned

-      What it has been like for their whole family as they help Rosie

-      How she has had to change how she helps Rosie as she becomes more independent and aware of how she fits into the world.

Key Quotes

“Be kind. That is all you have to do as human being. Be kind.

“People are gonna be mean, disability or no disability.”

‘If there’s someone in your workplace who has a child with a condition. They may be being a duck on the water, but their little legs may be paddling really hard underneath.”

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