Parents Were Born With Type Of Rᴀʀᴇ DᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ Gave Birth 2 Special Daughter To Face With Eceived Comments That Sʜᴏʀᴛ-Sᴛᴀᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ People Should Not Have Children
A mum with ᴅᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ – who has one daughter with the ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ and one without – says it will be ‘helpful’ to have a taller child around the house.
Alyssa Biddle, 29, and her fiancé Jonathon Tripp, 40, were both born with a slightly different type of ᴅᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ, which has been ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ down to their eldest daughter Sienna, three.
But their daughter Bonnie who is 22 months old was born without any form of ᴅᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ. Ms Biddle, who is 4ft 4inches tall, said the family would have to be more ‘on the ball’ once Bonnie grew taller.
‘In terms of me keeping up with her physically, I’m not particularly concerned. She’s already faster and more on the move than Sienna was at that age. We just have to be a bit more on the ball with everything around the house. She can already reach things that Sienna can’t reach. If anything it will be helpful if she’s taller because she could help reach things.’ Ms Biddle said
While she acknowledged her daughter may face bullying in the future, she’s confident she’ll be strong enough to deal with anything that comes her way.
‘It’s not a worry as such. It’s just something we’re aware of that she’s going to have to face and all we can do is really bring her up with confidence and resilience,’ she said.
The stay at home mum also revealed strangers are constantly asking them about their two children.
‘When we go out together, I can see that some people do stare at us as ᴏʙᴠɪᴏᴜsʟʏ we look a bit different from some other families. I get asked everyday if the girls are related. ᴏʙᴠɪᴏᴜsʟʏ as Sienna has ᴅᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ, and Bonnie does not, you can tell that people have questions.” Ms Biddle said
She said people actually assume the two girls are twins because both have blonde hair, but their daughter Sienna is actually two years older than Bonnie. ‘It can be up to five times a day that people will ask about them. If they don’t think they’re twins, they’ll often assume Bonnie is a friend or cousin.’
But the South African immigrant said she isn’t phased by the ᴀᴛᴛᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴ ꜰʀᴏᴍ sᴛʀᴀɴɢᴇʀs, and actually welcomes it.
‘It doesn’t bother me at all though when people ask questions, I find it quite funny. I’m all for those conversations and having the opportunity to raise awareness,’ she said.
Ms Biddle met her fiance Jonathan in 2009 at a convention for sʜᴏʀᴛ-sᴛᴀᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ people. Their family quickly grew to three with the birth of Sienna who came into the world with the same form of ᴅᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ as her mother
Bonnie was born around two years later, in July 2018. Ms Biddle said despite growing up with ᴅᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ, she was able to overcome any ʙᴜʟʟʏɪɴɢ ᴅɪʀᴇᴄᴛᴇᴅ her way.
‘Both of us had pretty good experiences growing up. I have a very thick skin, so nothing really ʙᴏᴛʜᴇʀᴇᴅ me that much, even if some kids would say ᴍᴇᴀɴ ᴛʜɪɴɢs,’ she said
The stay at home mum is sharing her story to help raise awareness of the ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ and inspire others to stay strong in the face of ᴀᴅᴠᴇʀsɪᴛʏ
‘ᴅᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ doesn’t define a person. There are sʜᴏʀᴛ-sᴛᴀᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ people who are doctors, lawyers and are in all sorts of different professions,’ she said.
She said bringing a child into a family where they may inherit the ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ shouldn’t be seen as a negative.
‘I haven’t experienced anything too negative personally in regards to me and Jonathon having children, But I have seen it happen to other parents with ᴅᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ, who have received comments basically saying that sʜᴏʀᴛ-sᴛᴀᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ people should not have children. It’s really ᴀᴡFᴜʟ.’ she said