Ah, I’m pleased you’ve stumbled up on this blog, Hello Little Lady. Perhaps you’re a person with one of 200 forms of dwarfism in the world. A parent of a child with dwarfism curious and apprehensive about what the world holds for them. Or maybe you’re an academic interested in studying people with disabilities? A production researcher looking for contributors for your documentary about people living with dwarfism. Whoever you are, you are warmly welcomed to my blog.
Hello Little Lady aims to be a platform to celebrate and give a voice to those of us in the dwarf community
I started writing and sharing my experiences of living with dwarfism back in around 2008 after taking a short non-fiction writing course. I took the moniker Hello Little Lady after a young child shouted over to me, which I thought would be a great name for a blog and set about writing in secret. Firstly, because, well, and I think it was reflective of the time, I didn’t feel safe talking about dwarfism openly. So often people with dwarfism are dismissed for our experiences and I wanted a place to reflect. Secondly, I kept my identity secret from the dwarf community itself due to the divisions I found myself encountering.
Over the years I’ve had a varied career in the online world – freelance, web design, local government and a brief stint at the BBC for the online content teams at Radio 2 and 6Music, which was a dream come true. Been to university twice, receiving a bachelor’s and master’s respectively. I have my hard-earned independence and drive about in my adapted car.
I’m a classic ENFP on the Myer Briggs test, the stares still get to me. I’ve experienced depression, family estrangement, health problems and most of the difficulties that come with being a dwarf in the average height world.
So, you may be wondering who the person is behind Hello Little Lady?
It’s me – Steph, mum, wife and someone with a rare form of dwarfism known as Russell Silver Syndrome. 11p 15, to be precise, is the chromosome responsible for my unique perspective on the world.