Bullies Always Teased This Girl With Dwarfism, But She Gained Strength From Family And Friends.
She Had The Love And Support Of Her Family
19-year-old Hannah Kritzeck is just like other girls. She loves to talk about boys, has a major crush on Justin Bieber, and of course, loves to shop, duh! But she's got something other girls don't. She was born with primordial dwarfism, and is only 39 inches tall. But despite being bullied as a child, she managed to overcome adversity and is now leading a happy life. Check out her story, and you'll see an amazing human being who will inspire you.
At three months old, Hannah found herself adopted by a lovely couple named Jackie and Larry. But she didn't just get parents. She got siblings too. She had two brothers, Mark and Matt, and a sister, Kelly. Hannah considers herself pretty lucky that the Kritzeck welcomed her into their hearts and pushed her to dream big. They also inspired her to take up interests, like dancing, and not let anything or anyone stop her. But even at a young age, she knew she was different.
No One Had To Tell Hannah She Was Different.
Compared to other girls, the differences were obvious. As she grew, it became apparent that she wasn't physically growing like her classmates or siblings. So, Jackie and Larry told Hannah all about her condition when she was old enough. When it comes to challenges, Hannah realized that she had beaten the odds since only 100 people in the whole wide world are born with primordial dwarfism. The disease had stumped her growth and created quite a challenge for her as she got older.
Hannah's Prognosis Was Dim
Primordial dwarfism is often the result of a hormonal or skeletal disorder that occurs while a child is still inside their mother's womb. Unfortunately, the prognosis in most cases is bleak. In most cases, people with this condition don't make it past their 30th birthday. But the Kritzecks are keeping their fingers cross that medical science will find a way to change that outlook. Meanwhile, Hannah had dreams, and she wasn't going to allow this disorder to crush her spirit.
Her Family Has Been Her Rock
The outside world might have made her feel alienated, but fortunately, her family never did. The Kritzecks have showered Hannah with positivity and a sense of being normal. But whenever there was an obstacle that she couldn't do like the others, her family simply adapted their routine to her height requirements. They even lowered all the lights switches and added stools to the kitchen and bathroom so she could reach the sinks and the counters.
She's Been Made Fun Of
Her family might be awesome, but others haven't been. Aside from dealing with the risk of heart conditions, and brain aneurysms, Hannah has had to deal with people who directly or indirectly make fun of her. She even recalls how everyone, even kids, assume that she's a five-year-old, which is upsetting because she's not a kid anymore. She also has to deal with people staring at her, and of course there's the bullying. If she wasn't being excluded, she was being teased for being different. But Hannah takes comfort in knowing that she's not alone, because other kids with physical and mental disability also struggle with bullying all the time.
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