A Big Sister's Hunt for a Glove That Fits
This next post is a personal one.
My younger sister has radial dysplasia which has resulted in the loss of her (barely ever in existence) thumb on her right hand, among other things. Radial dysplasia, also called radial club hand, is a congenital condition that results in a shortened forearm and deviation of the wrist. She was born without a bone in her thumb, and after many surgeries and more hours of physical and occupational therapy than anyone should clock before the age of 5, she was left with four semi-functional fingers, a splint to straighten out her wrist, and a future of personal pain as a result of bullying and self-doubt. Long story short, kids can be mean. Very mean. But Jackie is a trooper—more like a badass—and at 17 and a half (that half is still very important!), she is one of the strongest, smartest, most beautiful people I know.