Grant is just like any young boy – except that he’s a bit smaller. He has a form of dwarfism known as diastrophic dysplasia, yet that doesn’t stop him from living his life to the fullest.
In fact, his perceived ‘disability’ might actually be the strength which has allowed him to grow such a huge heart. In the video below, Grant shares a profound message that everyone needs to hear.
The condition known as diastrophic dysplasia is a disorder of the cartilage and bone development and appears in approximately 1 in 100,000 people. Typically those affected will have a short stature with very short limbs. Such a condition is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. That means that both of Grant’s parents had a recessive gene, which was passed onto Grant, but that neither of his parents show signs or symptoms of the disorder. Most little people diagnosed with diastrophic dysplasia will live into adulthood.
Grant bravely shares his story and message with the world to ask that we all look at each other through a lens of acceptance. What it comes down to, is that we all seek to be loved and accepted, and if we can put down our walls and barriers, may help somebody else feel better about themselves at the same time we aid ourselves.
“Just because little people are little, doesn’t meat they cannot do the same things. They have the same feelings and emotions as everyone else.”
Amen, Grant. People are people, and everyone is deserving of love.
No matter how different we may be, every single one of us has duty to love one another:
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