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Gorilla's Story: A Teen Copes With Giantism (Acromegaly).
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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A young teenaged boy copes with excessive growth, making him larger, bigger than most of his classmates.

My name is William Graves.  I am fifteen; yet I look much older.  I say this because even though I'm not even an adult, I tower over them (I am approximately 6' 10" tall, and am still growing!), and I weigh over 330 pounds.  I am a big kid!

I have a condition known as giantism, which simply means I'm bigger than the average person.  It is rather rare; I don't know of very many people who have what I do.  For a while, I thought I'd never grow:  until I was twelve-thirteen, I was a rather small kid, almost to the point of being runty.

Then, at twelve-and-a-half, it hit.  Oh, boy, did it ever!!  I not only grew; I shot up until I was well over five feet seven!  I was soon taller than my classmates, even some of the teachers!  I was huge!!

Now, I'm nearly seven feet tall, and when I reach adulthood in three/four years, I could easily be past the seven foot, five inch mark if I keep going at the rate I am.  Surgery has been discussed, but so far, we haven't made the decision whether to pursue it.

If we do, then I would no longer have to worry about growing so much!

My health hasn't been too bad, but I do have a low thyroid.  It causes me to feel tired a lot of the time, even weak; I have to take shots every month to help stave off anemia or other potential problems.  I sometimes get headaches or sweat uncontrollably, especially if it's hot out. 

My acromegaly was diagnosed by an MRI when all of this growth started.  They think it was a tumor; they can't be too sure yet.  Just in case, I have been having radiation treatments once a month; it's caused my hair to fall out, so I'm balder than a cue ball, and have no hair on my body.  I sometimes get sick as a result of the treatments, but if it can get rid of any tumors that may be inside of me, then it will be worth it!

Besides the radiation treatments, I can also have surgery; if I do, then my growth hormones will be normal, and all of this crazy growing will stop within a period of several years. 

I have a susceptibility to hypoglycemia.  If my blood sugar levels get too low, I could pass out or get sick if I don't eat something fast.  It's the opposite of being diabetic.  That's another thing that could happen to me if I don't keep my blood sugar levels in check; I have to be so careful.

Other than my health issues (and being so damned tall!), I'm like any other kid.  I just happen to be bigger than most, and I have to watch what I do or eat, so I don't get into any trouble.  I do hate being so tall:  it's hard to find clothes that fit me right (unless I go to a tall or big man's clothing store), and it's hard for me to fit in tight or smaller spaces.  I'm always having to duck or risk ramming my head into something, which is a daily occurance with me.  It's really annoying!

Because I'm so big, other kids call me "Gorilla".  I don't much care for it, but it could be a lot worse.  At least I'm not hairy!  LOL 

Well, I have to go.  Classes are about to end; I have to go to the cafeteria, so I can eat.  I'm starting to get a bit shaky, and I'm getting that headache that tells me I'm getting low, I need to eat as soon as possible.  I will write in here again soon; until then, this is William (aka "Gorilla") signing off!  God bless!

~"Gorilla" Graves.  :)

~To be continued.~

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Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 2/27/2009
Kid can be so cruel can't they? Excellent stroy one again. Hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/25/2009
First thing first, that picture above is identical to one of my brother's.
In other vein, did you know that boxing World Champion Primo Carnera suffered of giantism? So, don't feel sorry for yourself, thing about the many things life offers before you get sad for the things it offers not.
Cheer up!


Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 2/24/2009
This has to be real hard to cope with...My heart goes out to him........M
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/24/2009
Wow karen! Another character to study,how on earth do you do it! I was unaware of what the disease entailed though I had read something about it years ago. Excellent as always!

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 2/24/2009
Karen I am familair with this condition, you did well at describing this condition. Keep it up, and be blessed
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/24/2009

Very well penned and educational, while being entertaining. Nice meeting William, look forward to reading more about him!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 2/24/2009

I have seen people with giantism on TV - and you have penned this portrait exceptionally well!!



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