Terra Jole is best known for her gig as the star of Little Women: LA and Terra’s Little Family. The long-time entertainer and performer began appearing in both shows in 2014, and also serves as executive producer. She reached even more success after participating in and finishing in fifth place on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars! The reality star recently wrote her first memoir, Fierce at Four Foot Two, so we’ve compiled a list of the 15 most shocking revelations from her book!
15. Small Surprise
Terra Jole’s parents were not expecting her diagnosis because they are both average-sized people. When Jole was born she had club feet that “looked like my feet were wrapped around my legs,” and her head was so oversized that she had to be born via C-section. It wasn’t until the doctor asked them if they had any “extremely short” people in their family that they realized something serious was wrong. Right before they were discharged the doctor told Jole’s parents that she had achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder that causes short-limbed dwarfism. Back in the ’80s there was no genetic testing or anatomy scans to prepare parents for this type of diagnosis, and back then doctors didn’t know that all average-sized parents have a 1 in 30,000 chance in bearing a child with dwarfism. A year later they adopted her brother, Bourn, who also had dwarfism.