Did you have any height-related difficulties growing up?

At birth, I was 12 lbs 24in and a premature baby. I had Jaundice, the RhFactor and Hypoglycemia and was placed in an incubator for a few weeks, where I almost died because I barely fit. After that, I grew rapidly, having reached 6ft by 9 yrs, 6ft 7in by 12 yrs and 6ft 9in by 13 yrs. Growing pains were common, I would scream in agonizing pain almost every night due to leg cramps and muscle spasms. Growing up unusually tall and fast was difficult because 20 yrs ago, people lacked education in tolerating uniqueness. Socially, kids were mean, but I overcame adversity and became the strong, driven woman I am today.

child pic | Lindsay Kay Hayward

Me at age 7