This is a sweet story of Hannah who fought not just dwarfism but also bullies.
The moment Hannah’s mother found that her daughter was born with dwarfism, she decided to give her up for adoption. A few months passed and to her mother’s disappointment no one showed, she was hoping for a change, a miracle to take place!
A sweet couple named Jackie and Larry came to meet Hannah and instantly fell in love with her! They knew about Hannah’s condition and were more than happy to adopt her. Jack and Larry did sign up for a hard task, the kind couple were also aware of Hannah’s special need and attention. It was a commendable choice they had made and were very proud of it.
Click next to see Hannah’s story.
Growing Up She Knew She Was Different
Compared to other young girls, she knew she was different
Living with siblings also made her realize she wasn’t going to be like one of them. Especially the fact that approximately only 100 people in the world are born with primordial dwarfism. There was one difficult challenge that she had to over-come school, if you remember how high school was for you in the initial stages, imagine how poor Hannah went through it.
Made Fun Of
Hannah had to deal with a lot of emotions and people reacting to her condition, as a young age it is difficult for someone like Hannah to cope and recover fast.
She had heart conditions and brain aneurysms. People at school would bully her and make fun of her!
But that didn’t stop Hannah from doing what she wanted to. When she was 19-years old people at school called her a kid, who is probably 5. Of course there are bullies who are constantly staring at her and even the guy she had a crush who broke her heart! But soon Hannah was about to discover he was wrong.
Siblings for The Win
Hannah was blessed to have such wonderful siblings and even parents.
Usually it is hard for siblings to welcome the adopted one into the family, but for Hannah things worked out well. The bullies would attack her at school but she her siblings stood up for her. Often fights broke out to protect their sister!
Prevailing Health Issues
Since birth Hannah has spent more time with doctors than we can imagine.
Since her condition leads to have a risk at developing aneurisms and other severe ailments, it was important for the doctors to monitor Hannah constantly. Some of the tests included getting an MRI scan, multiple visits to the dentist to get implants. She has also had scoliosis corrected with two titanium rods implanted in her back. Yup, it is a lot to handle!
No Place Like Family
The world outside successfully managed to judge and alienate Hannah. But her family made her feel more comfortable and loved.
They even made physical changes at home, like lowering the lights, adding stools to the bathroom and kitchen so she could reach to grab her stuff. The family did nothing but make her feel more normal than ever. Hannah also shares a close bond with her adopted mother Jackie and they have been together since forever.
Helping The Folks
Without her parent’s knowledge Hannah had asked the doctors if she was eligible for a kidney transplant as her mother was going through a condition.
She was a definite match, but the doctors wouldn’t go through with it. Hannah would be under risk if she decided to help her mother with the transplant, but she knew Jackie saved her life and she was just trying to return the favor.
The Bigger Picture
Hannah knew she always wanted to be a dancer, a star more like. She started dancing at a young age, she was passionate about gymnastics. Dancing gave her immense pleasure and allowed her to be who she wanted to be. Despite her condition and how she felt physically Hannah did not give up and she wanted her dreams to come true.
She did not give up and kept on training hard to be a singer, dancer and an actress. According to her teacher Ellie Walter, Hannah was extremely focused and inspired other dancers as well.
So our take away from this is that if you have a passion, you must follow it with all your heart.
Living The Dream
Hannah is truly an inspiration for so many of us, knowing that she may not live past her 30th birthday she seems to be setting some serious life goals for us.
She is more passionate about living each day and take it as it comes, and most importantly believing in herself. Her positive outlook toward life is something that keeps her going and the minute she sets her heart to something she goes for it.
Finally Met Her Idol
The Maury Shows’ 2,500th episode decided to make someone’s dream come true and this time the dream was Hannah’s. She has had this dream to meet her idol Selena Gomez and has always been a big fan of her.
The Maury Show bought Hannah passes to Selena’s show and it was a dream come true! How adorable it that?
Acting Career Is Flourishing
Hannah is so excited about the Journey she has been on, especially post meeting her Idol Selena Gomez. she feels more motivated and she is making a conscious effort to become an actress. Staring from starring in the 2014 documentary ‘Little and looking or love’ she has made many friends and has got acceptance and love from across the globe!
Friends Like Family
While Hannah like any other young adult is waiting for the special someone’ to sweet her off her feet. She has got plenty of love in her life. Most importantly her two best friends Heidi Melgren and Emily Tofte. As you can see in this picture, aren’t they adorable?
Family All The Way
What actually keeps Hannah going is her family and her siblings who are married now!
The siblings even have their own children now, and in a jovial way Hannah claims they can carry her. She is constantly counting her blessings and imagined this life could have never happened if the family didn’t adopt her. Hannah is a loving being who is surrounded by the people she loves!
Loss Of A Loved
Hannah found love in her best friend, who also had the same condition as her, ‘Dwarfism’. Brad Jordan and Hannah seem to be involved in a romantic relationship, they even went to prom together.
Hannah even attended his sisters wedding and everything seemed perfect until, Brad suffered a heart-attack in March 2017. It was obviously heartbreaking losing friends! This did have an impact on Hannah.
Looking At The Bright Side
Although Hannah losing a friend had an impact on her, but she didn’t stop looking at the bright side.
She had hopes of getting married herself and have her own family! She also mentioned her dreams about finding her true love, she has a type as well, men with blue eyes, brown hair. Hannah also understands her condition and the impact it can have on others, which is exactly why she is embracing her present like noone else!
Embracing The Wildside
Her friends are extremely loving and supportive, these three best friends travel together party it up like no other squad. When you they go out, especially for the fun adventures they take Hannah.
One of her best friends also has a boat and as you can see in the picture, the ladies are turning it up, Hannah being the star of course.
Living The Present
Hannah LOVES spending time with her 63 year old mom and they do fun activities together, like any mother and daughter. Hannah not only inspires us to pursue our dreams, but she also knows how to tackle obstacles! SO our take away from this is to be more like Hannah, be more bold.
Hannah is also incredibly brave and she does hope people are inspired by her and that in general nothing can stop you if you set your hear to something!
This Is What Happens Next
The family has decided to do something for Hannah, it is a benefit to aid Potentials foundation, it is a support system that they are so grateful for. The foundation c connected the family with the cause and they travel to the ‘National Little People Of America’ every year. A seminar about Hannah’s condition and health was addressed.
What Happens Next
The Hugo family has felt strongly about the cause, so they did go on to campaign ‘Size never defines potential’ for Hannah. The NGO is already dedicated to support women affected by primordial dwarfism and from this benefit they have reached over 50 families, in 19 states and 10 countries.
Living It Up
As you can see Hannah is living it up here, with Hannah’s condition most people don’t survive past 30. We hope Hannah makes it, in most cases with Primodial dwarfism people don’t make it past 30 but Hannah is fighting the good fight.
But the family and her doctors are hoping they will find a solution to Hannah’s condition and that she lives longer and has a brighter future. Our take away from this story should be that, we must follow our heart and passion like Hannah did and live each day as it is a new one.