“When I was born in 1985, the doctors told my parents I would not survive the night. I was diagnosed with Jarcho Levin Syndrome (JLS) in which the spine never fully straightened out in utero therefore giving me a protruded chest, short torso and short neck. Doctors and society had already determined my life before even giving me an opportunity to walk, talk and live. My parents treated me and raised me like any other child.
Living in NYC is not easy at all. I deal with ridicule on a daily basis. I get followed, people take my picture, they record me, I get laughed at every day in public. I get told I’m a freak, an alien, I should kill myself. The sexual comments are horrendous but here I am now in my 30’s a professional dancer in a wonderful dance company, Heidi Latsky Dance in #NewYorkCity. Featured on a huge screen in #TimesSquare! An up and coming model with a book to be released in 2018. I have great relationships with those who see me for me. Life is certainly not easy but I live a wonderful happy healthy life!” – Tiffany Geigel