Juli Windsor is Defined by More than Dwarfism

By Leigh Harper, September 29, 2017

When Juli Windsor was six years old, she resented her dwarfism and didn’t understand why God had made her that way. The fourth of five children, she was the only one in her family who inherited the recessive genes for dwarfism from both of her parents.

“My sister said to me, ‘If you’re so angry, why don’t you talk to God about it? He made you,” Windsor says.

She decided to take her sister’s advice. Though Windsor describes her initial childhood prayers as angry but honest, she found peace eventually through her relationship with God.

“I realized I was made how he wanted me to be,” she says. “God gave me a unique perspective and opportunities I don’t think I would have otherwise.”

Those opportunities have included things like running the Boston Marathon twice and living abroad—achievements many people never have the chance to cross off their bucket lists.

Currently, Windsor is a physician’s assistant, doctor’s wife and mom.

She met her husband Blake at a Little People of America convention in San Francisco while she was in high school. As it turned out, they grew up seven miles apart in Georgia.

Windsor still has a piece of paper listing her goals she made at 14 years old. Running the Boston Marathon topped the dreams. She went for it in 2013, when she and Blake lived and worked in Boston, but Windsor had to stop a half mile from the finish line due to the terrorist attack. Her mother, who was there to support her along with her husband and mother-in-law, suffered a broken shoulder as a result of the bombing.

“Obviously it was a traumatic, horrible day, but I felt strongly that would come back the next year and finish the race,” Windsor says. She came back in 2014 and completed the marathon.

She gave birth to her son Charlie, who has dwarfism, in September 2015. Soon after, Blake’s medical career took him from Boston to Seattle. He had a two-month gap in between roles, so the family of three spent the first month visiting family and the second traveling across Indonesia before moving to the Pacific Northwest. This was Windsor’s second extended period overseas, as she studied abroad in Lithuania in college.

Now based in Seattle, Windsor is home with Charlie several days a week and spends the rest of the week at the Seattle Children’s Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic. There, she works with young patients who have dwarfism and other bone disorders.

Reflecting on her life, Windsor credits her faith with giving her the confidence to pursue her family, fitness and career dreams.

“Having that sense of peace and love allowed me to find my identity in Christ,” she says.

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