🖖🏼Dwarfism Awareness Post
We are so lucky to have a happy, healthy little family and I am incredibly grateful for the love the three of us have.
There are well over 200 different forms of Dwarfism. The most common kind is Achondroplasia, characterised with average torso, shorter limbs, bigger head and 100% normal intelligence!
This is the kind I have, along with our daughter Tilba.
Throughout our pregnancy we had genetic testing done at 12 weeks to be able to confirm this diagnosis. Due to my husband and I both having skeletal dysplasias there was a 1 in 4 chance our baby could have inherited both which in nearly every instance results in a fatal outcome once the child is born. We did the test so we could have a choice. Whatever you believe we held firm that it was not the right choice for us to bring a baby into the world that ultimately would have very little chance of life and be suffering.
We were thrilled and ecstatic to find out that Tilba would have Achondroplasia and be able to live a very happy and fruitful life alongside us.
This pregnancy we did the same test, believe me the test is not fun however a very small moment in the grand scheme of things. This time round our little bump will be born with Geleopyhsic Dysplasia. This is the kind of Dwarfism that Cullen has. It’s much more rare, there’s only around 40 formally diagnosed cases worldwide. It can come with some more severe medical complications such as cardiac and respiratory issues.
Typically 1 in 3 children with this condition don’t make it to their 5th birthday which is a scary thought, however we are in amazing medical hands with the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick and all I have to do is look at my beautiful husband and how amazing he is and I have faith that everything will be okay.
Everyone has a story, regardless of how big or small. This is a small snippet of ours. @cullen_it
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