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patient advocate, public speaker, strategic communications & social media professional

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hi, I'm Chandler

For over a decade, I have been sharing my patient journey with achondroplasia and the decision I made to go through multiple limb lengthening. This journey has led me to my professional career of being a patient advocate, public speaker, and earning a degree in Communications.

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Achondroplasia + Limb Lengthening

the 4'11"

I have the most common form of dwarfism, achondroplasia. At 16, I decided to undergo a series of prolonged operations known as limb lengthening. Starting at my mature height of 3 feet 10 inches, I went through two separate leg lengthening procedures gaining a total of almost 14 inches in height. Today, I stand at 4 feet 11 inches tall.

In addition to the added height, I also lengthened my arms – 4 inches in each humerus. For dwarfism, only the humerus is lengthened.

To see before and after photos from my journey, visit my interactive gallery page by clicking on the box below.

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