Little Legs, Big Heart
One Girl’s Journey of Acceptance, Perseverance, and Growth
About the Book
For author Kristen DeAndrade, it doesn’t matter how long your legs are. You can only take one step at a time. Born with achondroplasia, dwarfism, she chronicles her personal journey of facing challenges and breaking barriers in Little Legs, Big Heart. Through diary entries from her childhood journal, combined with a humorously, honest narrative, she shares her sheer determination growing up in the face of adversity and undergoing multiple medical procedures, including extended limb lengthening, which she opted to brave at the age of twelve. Narrating both the physical and emotional challenges, DeAndrade offers a look at her strength in facing her challenges head on in a story filled with both integrity and interminable sass. Little Legs, Big Heart journeys through tears, laughter, devastation, and hope as it tells about a girl on a mission to find her identity. It gives a new perspective on life’s challenges and shows the world how to meet the varied demands of life with grit and grace.
About the Author
Kristen DeAndrade is a writer, speaker, and advocate for those living in the face of adversity. Born with dwarfism, and believing that disability is only a state of mind, Kristen shares her journey of living in the face of adversity with anyone who needs reminding of their own indomitable will. Whether that means appearing on national television programs/networks, such as The Learning Channel and CBS Sunday Morning News, or speaking at local schools and events, Kristen is passionate about pushing herself out of her comfort zone and into your heart. Aside from writing and speaking about her life, she is a dedicated yogi who currently resides and shines her light in West Palm Beach, FL.