Nothing Better: A Truly Awesome Story

There’s this story…and it’s kind of amazing. About this family. (I totally have the Brady Bunch theme song running through my head as I think about this). However, it’s not about two families merging, it’s not about two families that are related. Or maybe they kind of are…

One of those families is us. And the other family? Well…I’ll tell you…

Last summer I received a message from the secretary of LPBC (a fellow POLP, who was the first person I made contact with). She told me that a family from the interior of BC was moving to ‘my area’. Now…being on the island, I didn’t know if that meant they were moving to Victoria or any of the many towns that are hours north of us. She gave me their names, and after a quick search on Facebook, I fired off a message introducing myself. She replied right away saying they had just been here looking for a house to rent and found one on such and such street. After picking my jaw up from the floor, I sent her back a message telling her that… surprise! We’re pretty much neighbours. It is a 60 second drive from my door to theirs. Seriously.

An LP/POLP family moving to within minutes from me…wow. I didn’t know what to think. Lucky? Yes. Crazy? Yes! Unbelievably awesome? YES!

To make things even more awesome…their little girl, who also has achondroplasia – the same type of dwarfism as Declan, is only 18 months older than him. And (AND!) they have an older boy who is the same age as Makenna!

As a mom, new to this whole LP/dwarfism world, I have been given an amazing opportunity to get to know this family, spend time with them, have our children become friends, while getting glimpses of what’s around the corner for Declan in regards to being a little person as he grows older. And Makenna and their son? Well…they will have one another to commiserate with and relate to and hopefully grow to be good friends.

And that leaves Declan and their little girl. Oh those two! They are amazing. She hugs him and smothers him with love most chances she gets. The fact that they will have one another as they grow up and navigate this crazy, sometimes cruel, world…well I’m honestly not sure I could wish for anything better. We were out together a few days ago and I was asked if they were twins. Yes, they look alike, as most of the characteristics of someone with achondroplasia are outwardly ones… so they have similar physical features. And they’re both fair. And…well Declan is ‘huge’ in the achon baby world and she is on the petite side, so they’re pretty much the same size. Though… Declan spends his days horizontal on the ground and she’s of course walking and running around. But no, definitely not twins. But they are close, in more ways than one.

Our surprising, amazing children have brought us together. We may not be the Brady Bunch, but it definitely feels like family and this story is just beginning, I know it’s going to get better and better.


Besties, hugging.

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About Tammy

I am a single mother to 2 wonderful children, ages 1 and 5. My youngest was surprisingly born with a rare genetic condition, achondroplasia, which is a type of dwarfism. This blog is a glimpse into my crazy life as I wade through figuring out dwarfism and divorce while enjoying every second of my deficient domestic bliss.
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6 Responses to Nothing Better: A Truly Awesome Story

  1. Marla says:

    Love it!

  2. PIHM says:

    Oh I adore that picture and this is great!!!

  3. Laura says:

    Wow! That is so awesome! 🙂

    There was one other child born with my son’s syndrome in our small city since he was born and she found me on FB. I was so excited for me and more importantly my son. He’ll have someone who gets it. But, I think it was too overwhelming because she has backed off and it’s left me sad and wishing I had that connection y’all are going to have and your kids will have.

    • Tammy says:

      Hey Laura! Aww.. that’s too bad that things have fizzled out a bit. Maybe things are crazy and overwhelming for her right now, and she will come around again in time. Hopefully that is the case. It really is invaluable and awesome and everything above when you have that person to talk to who really gets it. It’s literally WILD that they moved so close to us and the timing of everything. Just wild.

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