Shauna Rae is a 22-year-old woman who has been permanently trapped in the body of an 8-year-old girl due to a rare form of brain cancer she developed as an infant. She has experienced significant growth stunting as a result of chemotherapy treatment and is currently only 3 feet, 11 inches tall - the average height of a second-grader. Despite these challenges, Shauna Rae has shared her struggles and her determination to live a full and meaningful life.
1. Shauna Shared Her Story In A New TLC Documentary
The show "I Am Shauna Rae" follows the daily life of a woman who appears to be eternally youthful, causing complications as people often mistake her for a child. The show illustrates how this affects various aspects of her life.
2. To Look At Her, You Really Would Think She's A Kid
Shauna understands that people's reactions to her youthful appearance are normal, but that doesn't make them any easier to cope with. In the trailer for her documentary, she states: 'If you were to look at me, you would think I'm just a normal little girl, doing normal little girl things with my fun, crazy family. But the truth is I'm not a little girl. I'm a woman, a 22-year-old woman stuck in the body of an 8-year-old.'
3. It Has To Be Tough
In the upcoming show, set to premiere on January 11, viewers can see Shauna being denied entry to bars, questioned about her age when attempting to get a tattoo, and almost prevented from obtaining a gym membership due to her youthful appearance. These situations illustrate the difficulties she faces regularly.
4. Her Dating Life Has To Be The Worst Part
Like any other 22-year-old woman, Shauna desires romance in her life. However, the majority of men who express interest in her are inappropriate. She admits: "I attract creeps, a**holes, and idiots. It is scary to put myself out there, but you have to take some risks to find happiness."
5. Shauna's Parents Even Struggle With Letting Their Little Girl Go
Shauna's mother, Patty, is featured in the documentary and admits that the trauma of Shauna's serious illness as a baby has contributed to her overprotective behavior towards her daughter. Patty says: "I feel, I guess almost guilty, that she will have to go through this for the rest of her life, so all I can do is protect her." However, she also acknowledges: "I don't know if I am ready to let her go, but she needs to be let go."