Megan Grannan, 26, says she’s about the “size of a four-year-old.
” That’s because she was born with an extremely rare form of dwarfism called Metatropic Dysplasia.
But that hasn’t stopped her from becoming a school teacher and teaching toddlers who even tower over her as can be seen in the video below: [rumble video_id=v64up1 domain_id=u7nb2]
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Megan’s condition is so rare that she is only one out of about 100 people in the world who have the condition. Many said she wouldn’t even make it to one year old but she proved them wrong.
That’s why she was undaunted in her dream of becoming a school teacher because she is used to proving her doubters wrong.
Megan, from New Jersey, said: “People often look at me and they see somebody that is small and disabled. They don’t give me a chance.
“Being in the classroom, the kids are taller than me. It’s kind of hard for them to realize that I’m older than they are.
“My passion is teaching. I love it.
“I’ve been very lucky to find a teaching district that welcomed me in – it’s a really positive environment where I work.”
Still, her condition presents unique challenges for her such as becoming extremely tired.
She said: “My condition is very rare. Metatropic Dysplasia, in Greek, means your body is always changing so you don’t know what’s coming next.
“I have to use a stick to open things and get things off counters.
“I have to have lower chairs, too. If I can’t reach something, I have to find a way to get it.
“I have to make adaptations a lot, to live in our society. I need help physically because my arms are restricted.
“I don’t like to admit that stuff, but it’s part of my life.”
From the moment she was born, Megan’s parents could already tell that something was wrong.
Kelly, Megan’s mother, said: “At birth, we knew there was something wrong.
“But it wasn’t until we met with a genetic doctor that we were told she had a rare form of dwarfism.
“We just couldn’t believe it. I went to a medical journal and looked up her diagnosis and it wasn’t good.
“It said that she wouldn’t live through her first year of life, which was very upsetting.
“But we just took it a day at a time and got through the different problems.”
Even today, Megan’s parents have to take extra care of their daughter.
Kelly continued: “On a daily basis, Megan struggles with physical care. That’s her biggest challenge.
“She needs assistance dressing and bathing just because she can’t extend her arms to reach her head.”
For Megan, it’s not her physical condition that is the hardest thing but the judgment from some people.
She said: “Yeah, I think the hardest part is the judgment that I get.
“When people don’t know who I am, they look at me and they see somebody that is small and disabled and they don’t see the true person behind it.
“In middle school, a kid said I had AIDS and nobody should sit next to me.
“I wasn’t great in high school either. I had a lot to deal with.”
But those same hardships inspired Megan to pursue the profession of teaching and the support she got from her friends and family really helped her.
“I don’t give myself enough credit for what I do,” she said.
“I am very proud of where I’ve got to in life and where I’m going.
“I hope to go even further and prove everybody wrong that said no.
“You should never give up on yourself. You need to keep positive and keep going, and you will achieve your dreams.”