Restricted growth refers to any
condition which may lead to
short stature outside the normal
of height within the general population.
Proportionate short stature
is where your arms and legs,
in terms of the relationship to the
of your body, are the same ratio
as that of anybody
in the general population.
Although you're smaller,
you look the same, essentially.
In disproportionate short stature
the ratio between the arms and legs
and the body is altered.
That can be arms and legs that are
shorter in relationship to the body,
or arms and legs that may be
much longer than the size of the body.
Dwarfism, within its medical
simply a term that refers to somebody
who falls below the range of
average human height.
In this country that refers to
generally, who is below 4ft 10,
regardless of the condition
that you have.
To some degree, Achondroplasia
has affected all aspects of my life.
I'm the first person in my family
so I grew up with parents and
of average height.
Growing up at school was generally fine,
because I was with my colleagues
as we were growing up together
so the difference in height
was less of an issue.
Fortunately, the negative
the bullying etc
really didn't happen to a great degree,
or if it did it was relatively
Moving into adolescence,
that was a more difficult time,
because suddenly all my peers
were shooting up around me,
and I was obviously staying
It's something a lot of people worry
about as they go through their teens,
but, as you get out of your teens
I think people realise
that personality and who you are
and what you stand for
become so much more important
And I think what helped me
most of all with that
was having very supportive
and understanding parents
who, whilst recognising the problems
that I might face with my condition,
also encouraged me to achieve
the maximum that I could.
It's very important, when your child
diagnosed with Achondroplasia,
or any other condition
leading to short stature,
to engage closely, and as early
as possible, with your medical team.
There will be many people
within that team often,
not just the GP, but the paediatrician,
there may be an orthopaedic specialist,
an occupational therapist,
a speech therapist,
there may be many people
involved in your care,
or looking after the care of your child,
and, again, the earlier you start
engaging with these people,
the earlier they can start working
with your child,
any potential complications
can be picked up,
and hopefully minimised or treated,
to allow your child to have
as fulfilling a life as possible.
I'm often called upon by my
colleagues when a parent has a child
with a newly diagnosed condition
I think meeting other people
who have the same condition as
is very important,
or meeting parents of children with
the same condition is very important,
and can be incredibly supportive.
I think it's very helpful for a parent
who may never have heard about
this condition before,
or may, if they have heard about it,
had a very negative connotation
associated with it,
to see that their child
will be able to achieve,
really, whatever they want
to achieve in life.