Modern Medicine


Photo illustration by Muhammad Al-Rawi

As sophomore Anna Wright was growing up, her dad began to worry about her. Although she seemed healthy, she had stopped gaining weight and growing taller.
“I fell off my growth curve, and I was a lot shorter than everyone else, so [my dad] started asking my primary care doctor about it. He would bring it up, and he researched it, and the doctors were always like, ‘No, it’s not a big deal. She’s fine. She’s just shorter,’” Wright said. “And they said it was nothing to worry about, so we kind of put it off for a really long time.”
Trusting her doctor’s advice, Wright tried to live her life as normally as possible. However, it was difficult as she watched her peers grow; she herself remained short until her parents took her to a specialist…
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