Glory’s Story

Faces of the Foundation:
2016

Condition:
Dwarfism

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Mayo Clinic

U.S. National Library of Medicine

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Little People of America

 

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Meet Glory.

My story began before I was born, when my parents found out I was going to be born with dwarfism. They were presented with the option of aborting the pregnancy, which they chose not to do and I am happy to say I was born on May 26, 1990. I come from a Puerto Rican background and am the only little person in my family. My parents & siblings are all average height.

Growing up as a little person was incredibly difficult. I hated the unwanted attention just because I was little. Strangers would take pictures of me without even asking. I was mistreated & abused. My mother wasn’t very supportive when I was growing up. Now she sees the woman I’m becoming and is excited to see me graduate college. I had many challenges in school, especially high school. My own family told me that I would never graduate, that I should just drop out of school and that I would never amount to anything. Their negativity fueled me to prove them wrong and made me determined to get my High School diploma. Though it was a struggle and took me serval times, I am proud that I passed the state tests and graduated on May 2010 in Kissimmee, Florida.

After graduation I moved to New York, where I lived in a shelter. While there, I met a woman who became my spiritual mother in Christ and my best friend. She took me under her wing and introduced me to her church where I gave my life to Christ. Ever since that day, my life has changed. In 2013 I started to embrace myself as a little person.

Cool Things to Know About Me:
  • I am in college, majoring in criminal justice and will receive my bachelor’s degree when I graduate in May of 2017
  • September 2015, Courageous Faces Foundation gave me the amazing opportunity to be a model and walk in New York Fashion Week for fashion designer Gregory Taylor
  • I am a poet
  • I love to take pictures everywhere I go
  • I am an usher of my church and an evangelist
  • I am a Spanish tutor
  • I am starting a clothing line for little people & average size people as well
How I Want to Inspire Others:
  • I am an advocate for little people
  • I want people to know its ok to be different, that’s how God made you and we were all born in this world to make a difference and have a purpose
  • My mission in this world is to be the woman of God
  • I want to inspire others to prove to everyone that has doubted them because they are different, that they can be successful
Favorite Quote:

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Your works are wonderful, I know that well.” Psalms 139:14

Things I Want You to Know About Dwarfism:
  • Most of us with dwarfism find it offensive to be called a midget. We prefer you call us by our name, mine is Glory. References to our condition that are acceptable are: Little person or LP, dwarf, dwarfism or short stature
  • There are estimated to be 200 different types of dwarfism. Achondroplasia is the most common type
  • Dwarfism is usually caused by a genetic variant; but it can also be caused by a medical disorder
  • Dwarfism means that a person has an adult height of 4 feet 10 inches or shorter
  • People with dwarfism have a typical life span
  • Different types of dwarfism have different causes and different physical characteristics, though all people with dwarfism are short. More than 300 different medical conditions (mostly genetic and present at birth) have been known to cause Dwarfism.
Some Well-Known Actors with Dwarfism:
  • Peter Dinklage, actor, director, husband & father best known for his roles as Tyrion Lannister”, on the HBO series, Game of Thrones. He won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category for his role as “Tyrion Lannister”
  • “Shorty” Rossi actor on Animal Planet’s TV show Pit Boss and his talent agency, “Shortywood Productions”
  • Amy Roloff, actor & mom in Reality TV show Little People Big World
  • Matthew Roloff, author, businessman, father & actor in Reality TV show Little People Big World

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