Five Feet Tall

I am 5 FEET TALL!!! Woo Hoooooo! I have officially measured in as five feet.  That is 60 inches, 152.4 centimeters, and 1524 millimeters. This is absolutely super-duper, wildly crazy cool, and fantastic!  I am

I am 5 FEET TALL!!! Woo Hoooooo! I have officially measured in as five feet.  That is 60 inches, 152.4 centimeters, and 1524 millimeters. This is absolutely super-duper, wildly crazy cool, and fantastic!  I am really enjoying this whole new Jessica is “taller thing.”  Is it just me or once you enter the five-foot zone everything else in the world shrinks? For example, I can reach the second shelf in the kitchen cabinets to grab a plate.  I am able to jump and high-five the top of the door frame as I walk out.  I can reach tall buildings in a single bound.  Just kidding on the tall buildings, because I am not a superhero… yet. Seriously, I think that everything around me shrunk about 4 inches. To me, hitting the five-foot mark is a great way to show cancer that I am surviving, thriving, and inspiring.

Why does my height of 5 feet matter so much to me?  Well, it is actually more of a milestone marker in my survivorship goals than anything else.  You see, when I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 11, I was 4 feet 4 inches tall.  If you look at the growth charts for children, this height put me in the zero percentile (0%) on the chart.  I was not even a dot that could be placed on the growth chart.  My dot was placed on the bottom underneath the percentile curves.

My cancer caused me to have hypopituitarism which is a disorder in which my pituitary gland fails to produce several of my hormones.  This affected my ability to grow which resulted in short stature.  I was very well destined to be extremely small, or as I like to say, “fun sized”.  I honestly was at peace with being smaller than small because I was happy to be alive.  I learned that there is not a treatment for hypopituitarism, but there is replacement therapy to help my body match the amounts that my pituitary would normally manufacture if I didn’t have this problem.  I had to wait a long time to start this therapy.  I had to fight cancer first.  Then, I had to be a survivor for several years.  I was also fighting the clock because the window of when you can grow closes at a certain point in your teenage years.  I also lost several important growing years and lost many chances of growing inches on my height.  Years ago, I set a very lofty goal with the help of my parents and my doctors.  My goal was to reach five feet in height.

I am proud to tell the world that as of this summer, my official doctor health report measured me in at 5 feet.  I feel so overjoyed and exhilarated.  I feel as tall as Mount Everest!

Mission accomplished!

Drop the Mic!

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Jessica Meyer
Jessica is a 16-year-old pediatric brain cancer survivor who advocates to end pediatric cancer with a goal to educate and inspire others. Jessica is on a mission to support organizations that help children fight cancer and raise funding to find the cure. Jessica is an ambassador for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Make-A-Wish Middle TN, and Rally for Kids. Jessica is also the 2015-2016 Tennessee Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Ambassador. Through Jessica's ambassadorship she has been featured in many national fund raising campaigns such as the "Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are," "Band Together," and as Cancer Crusher, an 18-episode Superhero-themed national PSA all for the CMNH organization. Jessica has even recently been featured with other cancer patients in the "Teen Cancer America" campaign with The Band Perry.

Jessica has a passion for public speaking. She is a showcased public speaker at many fundraising events. Recently Jessica was the closing plenary speaker for the American Academy of Pediatrics Hospital Medicine's annual convention in Chicago. Jessica has even received an opportunity to take her message to Washington DC with the CMNH Champion's Media Tour where she met with Senators and the Secretary of Health & Human Services.

Along with Jessica's love of public speaking she has also had her story featured in Hope Magazine, Look Book, and Nashville Lifestyles. Jessica has written for blogs and magazine articles for CMNH, Extra Life, and Make-A-Wish. Jessica is a skilled interviewer and continues to do on camera interviews of celebrities and donors for the organizations Jessica is involved with. Recently Jessica has been traveling as a cast member with the My 2nd Act Survivor Stories from the Stage.