Tori and Jack Roloff fear dwarfism diagnosis for son

Tori and Jack Roloff fear dwarfism diagnosis for son

Jack Rolfe As son Jackson gets older, his concerns become clearer.

In an exclusive clip shared with PEOPLE from an upcoming episode Small people, big worldThe father of three talks with his wife Tory Rolfe How about their older, son Jackson Kyle5, has reached an age where he will soon realize his differences from his peers.

Zach and the couple’s three children live with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, while Tori is of average height. In a conversation with Tori, Zach explains that he has recently been thinking about how Jackson will be affected by the realization of his dwarfism, with his wife admitting that she also thinks about when that moment will come.

“When it comes to Jackson being different, I don’t think he’s caught on yet. We still haven’t talked about how we’re different than everyone else,” Zach explained in the confessional with Tori.

At a recent Little People of America (LPA) convention, Jackson said others look “exactly” like his father, though Tori explained that she doesn’t think Jackson knows he looks the same.

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“I think he collected it, I don’t know if he collected enough to make it his own,” she says. “I think he gathered it, ‘These people are like dad, grandma and grandpa, but they’re not like me.'”

Returning to their conversation as the couple watches Jackson play, Zach expresses “concern” about how Jackson is going to process the realization.

“I worry about how he’s so proud of himself and so confident in himself and thinks so highly of himself, I hope it doesn’t break him,” he says.

“I think we should continue to observe it as much as possible,” replied Tori.

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In a single confession, Zach continued his thoughts. “I hope he doesn’t lose it but it’s so sad when you have such confidence in yourself and eventually it catches up with him.”

Noting that’s “part of the sad thing” about being a little person, Zach says that after a while you realize, “‘Wow, I’m falling behind’ and you can’t catch up.”

Drawing on his own experiences growing up, Zach explains, “I went through it. I didn’t have a big moment where I was like, ‘Oh wow, I have dwarfism.’ It’s like the little moments that kind of accumulate, the school run or the chase game.”


Thinking the friends will “run away” from him, Zach chokes up when he shares that he’ll tell his mom, Amy Rolfe, “Mom, they ran away again.”

“Then my mother would yell at Jeremy, ‘Don’t leave your brother.’ It was very frustrating because it was a little brother thing,” he says. “I’m not a little brother, so.”

“That collision of confidence and self-worth and then reality hurts the most,” she says, noting sadly, “It’s coming for him. It’s coming for all my kids.”

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