Bullies Always Teased This Girl With Dwarfism, But She Gained Strength From Family And Friends.
Nobody Wanted Her
From her very first moments on this Earth, Hannah didn't have it easy. After learning that she was born with dwarfism, Hannah's birth mother put her up for adoption. And as the months passed by, it seemed as if nobody in the world wanted her. But finally, a lovely couple named Jackie and Larry came along and fell in love with the girl. Little did they know, little Hannah would one day return that love ten times over when they truly needed it most.
Raised In A Loving Family
Nad 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 Kritzecks welcomed her into their hearts and pushed her to dream big. They also inspired her to take up interests, like dancing, and not letting anything or anyone stop her. But it was tough for Jackie and Larry Kritzeck to raise a girl with such special needs. Nevertheless, it was a choice they were happy to make and one that would literally save their lives.
She Knew 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 world are born with primordial dwarfism. But there was one challenge that would shake her to her core: high school.
Made Fun Of
Aside from dealing with heart conditions and brain aneurysms, Hannah has had to deal with people who directly or indirectly make fun of her. And now at 19-years-old, it has gotten worse as everyone still assumes that she's a five-year-old. She also has to deal with people staring at her, and of course there's the bullying. At one point, her crush even told her to her face that nobody would ever date her. But as Hannah was soon to discover, he was very, very wrong.
Her Family Was Everything
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. They even lowered all the lights switches and added stools to the kitchen and bathroom so she could reach the sinks and the counters. So when her adopted mom Jackie had polycystic kidney disease and needed a kidney transplant, she decided she couldn’t stand by and watch her mother suffer. She decided to act.
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