“Not everyone is blessed physically complete. I learned to boost my confidence so that people will see me normally…and they did!”-Jenny Maglangit
When I met Jenny Maglangit in high school way back years ago, I realized that everyone around you is a mirror to see your blessings. Grown for only 3.5 feet tall, this young lady became our school campus icon for her friendliness and confidence. She never felt sorry for her height and different body structure. She is proud to be different!
She was born with dwarfism, a condition of growth retardation resulting in abnormally short adult stature and caused by a variety of hereditary and metabolic disorders. Traditionally, the term “dwarf” was used to describe individuals with disproportions of body and limb, while “midget” referred to those of reduced stature but normal proportions; today neither word is used, and “little people” has become the preferred term for persons with extreme growth retardation.
Some causes of dwarfism are genetic disorders, but the causes of some disorders are unknown. Most occurrences of dwarfism result from a random genetic mutation in either the father’s sperm or the mother’s egg rather than being in either parent’s complete genetic makeup.
A person with achondroplasia and with two average-size parents received one mutated copy of the gene associated with the disorder and one normal copy of the gene. A person with the disorder may pass along either a mutated or normal copy to his or her own children.
Normally, she was once a bitter lady with big dreams whose courage was blown away because of her personal indifference. Optimistically thinking that life is always fair to handle, she slowly burned such discouragement when she get herself educated knowing that hope is never far from her to finish her studies. And she did!
During our secondary school days, I could still remember how elegant she was with her made-to-order gown on our Juniors-Seniors Prom. Everyone in our school campus loved her normally. We treated her like any other classmate and friend to make her feel the importance of acceptance-the greatest factor to raise self-esteem.
This may not be a unique story but I once promised her that someday, her story will be shared in the Internet for the sake of those who claimed that life is not fair at all. It was her determination that supported her courage to live life the way everyone should. Some stories may look similar like this but originally, it’s the thought that counts.
For her dreams were as high as the sky, she remained in great humility for the world to value her existence. When you promise yourself to live life with contentment, you will never learn to compromise others with your “special disability”. Sikhai!