With that in mind, I have a secret.
There's a reason I haven't put my picture up on my profile. I look funny. In fact, my looks have drawn me some unwanted attention in the past, so even if someone doesn't notice I look funny, I assume the worst.
In a previous post, I mentioned how even my son was commenting on my short stature. I'm 4-foot-9 without shoes, and (cough, cough) pounds. I need glasses that would make others feel like they're dropping acid (although I've never touched the stuff).
But hey, I feel pretty!
My appearance is largely due to the fact, I have a rare genetic disorder called Turner's Syndrome.
You know how girls are supposed to have XX and boys XY chromosomes? Well I just have one X.
The result: I cannot produce my husband an heir. I'm only slightly taller than the couple on Little People, Big World. All that said, I've had a relatively normal life. I graduated college. My nickname was "bulldog" when I was working in a television newsroom, which I think was a compliment. I have a loving family, including a husband of 14 years and son who provides me with endless life lessons.
Still, many times I have done pointless what-iffin', wondering what life would be like if I didn't have TS.
- Would I be 5-foot-eight, and a supermodel?
- Would I be smarter?
- Would I not have a brain tumor?
I just hope that people learn not to judge others by appearance.
A tall order in America the Beautiful.