TLC’s Shauna Rae is opening up about her journey to self-acceptance. She’s doing so just ahead of the premiere of her new show, I Am Shauna Rae. Soon plenty of watchers will be able to see how she was able to to overcome some big boundaries in order to live an even somewhat normal life. They’ll also get to see some of the roadblocks placed in her way over the years.
For those that don’t know, the woman at the center of the new show was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer when she was just 6 months. Though treatment helped her into remission, it also left her pituitary gland almost dormant and stunted her growth. Now 22-years-old, she still has the build and statute of a child.
Shauna Rae now stands at 3 feet and 10 inches tall, which is the average size of an 8-year-old.
“I am a 22-year-old woman stuck in the body of an 8-year-old,” she described herself in a previous trailer for the series.
Shauna Rae Shares How Hard It’s Been For Her On The New TLC Show
During an interview with People (the TV Show!) correspondent Segun Oduolowu, the new reality star said she’s often not treated “like a normal human” because of her appearance.
“That’s all I’m asking for, is for people to treat me like a normal human,” she said in the interview.
“I believe that my story is relatable to everyone because I’ve felt different my entire life,” she continued. “And it’s not my situation that makes me relate to other people, it’s the feelings. It’s the emotional things that we go through. A lot of people have different circumstances, but it’s the same emotional turmoil that we go through.”
She also talked about how the condition affected her as she got older. Shauna Rae noted that she first realized she wasn’t growing at the same rate as her peers around kindergarten. However, it wasn’t until junior high that she realized the true ramifications and what was happening, or not happening with her body.
When she was 16, she realized she was done growing entirely.
Coming To Grips With Her Reality
“It was a very difficult time,” the TLC star shared. “It probably was the lowest time of my life, because I always imagined that I would be tall. And getting that news, it just kind of was like a hammer crashing into glass.”
She went on to detail how she handled it.
“I kind of isolated myself in a way so I could find myself and be happy with who I am, because at the time I wasn’t happy with who I was,” Shauna Rae said. “I started doing online school, and I just really focused on me and what I wanted to do, and who I was as a person, and bettering myself.”
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