Nadia – Stand tall, face your challanges and excel
Vertically Challenged. Genetics. This is probably the first thought that comes to someone when they see me for the first time.
We all have challenges in life. For a few of us, the challenges are more obvious. I stand “tall” to a height of three feet seven inches due to a rare form of autosomal recessive skeletal dysplasia. This definitely raises an eyebrow.
My rare genetic disorder has shaped almost every aspect of my life. I never let my height stop me from achieving my goals. As a child, I participated at school in team sports. At the age of sixteen, I received my driver’s license and my first car. During senior year of high school, I traveled on two international school trips. Throughout school, I also held a variety of leadership positions.
When time came to choose a career, I felt my passion towards medicine. Many people thought it would be almost impossible for me to become a doctor. With my parent’s support and my determination, I told myself “I will become a doctor.”
My passion for medicine started at a young age due to my early introduction to doctors and the field of genetics. As long as I can remember, my parents searched for any possible treatment for me. I experimented with a daily trial of growth hormone injections and I also tried a homeopathic remedy. Both failed. My parents also considered a bone lengthening procedure, however I ultimately decided against it after realizing the process would be lengthy and painful. The process of trying to find a “cure” helped me come to terms with myself.
Is there any challenge in your life that has played an important role in making you the person you are today? How did you overcome your challenge? Did the people around you have any influence on the way you view your challenge?
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