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Dwarfs Chapter III

Neither dwarfs nor average-height people have reached full agreement on whether dwarfism is a disability, but it is certainly a difference, perhaps the most immediately visible of those chronicled in Far from the Tree.

Many dwarfs experience their condition as an identity, and some seek to have children who are also dwarfs, raising questions about the ethics of selecting for difference. Dwarfs must face down the perception of themselves as comical or bizarre, and many have made a life's work of doing so, achieving great dignity in the process.

" The grandparents could see adult dwarfs and realize, okay, this is what Sam's going to look like. We went for Sam, but also so we could be comfortable…

"My parents didn't wonder what I would like to do, what kind of woman I'd marry, or how many children I would have. They wondered what I could do…

"I was in the elevator at Johns Hopkins hospital for one of my daughter's treatments. I was carrying her on the elevator. This other mother got in…

When I met her, she had recently undergone gastric bypass surgery. She had already lost thirty pounds and was aspiring to lose another hundred. "Being…

"I sometimes wonder which has had a bigger effect on my life—my dwarfism, or my depression and all the other depression around me. The dwarfism…

"I recognize the gift that's been given. If someone had said to me, 'Betty, how'd you like to give birth to a lesbian dwarf?' I wouldn't have checked…

"I went past a bar and I saw his car parked there. I didn't think I could march in there like I wanted, but I left him three messages. So I thought,…

"The other day Clinton came home, and he goes, 'Ma, I saw a blind man today with a stick, in Manhattan. There were people rushing back and forth,…

"I think dwarfism shapes the soul as well as the body. There's an immediate bond between two LPs, be it same-sex friends, lifelong partners, or any…

"They all said that you don't take on problems or issues or differences you can avoid. They all thought that we should abort." The genetic counselor…

Writing about elective surgery on children, medical ethicist Arthur Frank observes in the Hastings Center Report, "The possibility of fixing renders…

When they were finished, Kiki announced that she would shave her own head, too. Her mother Crissy tried to stop her, but she was absolutely adamant. "Since…

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