A dwarf who stands at 3ft tall living with a terminal illness has set herself a goal to become famous before she dies.
Cori McGuire, 28, who has scoliosis, wants to become a star on social media platform TikTok.
Her condition means she has a curvature of the spine which is slowly crushing her insides. She also has achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder that causes short limbs, meaning she can’t walk.
Cori’s head and torso are of a normal size, but her tiny arms and legs can’t support the rest of her body.
She believes her condition is terminal since doctors told her they’re unable to cure her scoliosis due to fears she may never wake up from the anaesthetic needed for the 12-14 hour operation.
After years of bullying which affected her self confidence, Cori finally found love on a dating site three years ago – in the form of her 6ft tall boyfriend, Jamie Taylor, 20.
Gushing over her love, Cori said: “He is really supportive and especially for the age he is. We met when he was 17, so he has taken on a lot of responsibility.
“I love him to bits.”
Soon after they met in August 2018, the pair got engaged – but their wedding has been delayed by the pandemic.
And lockdown has presented other challenges for the couple, as Cori is classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.
Due to Cori’s disability, Jamie moved into her home in Peebles, Scotland, to become her carer. But the 28-year-old says this has put a strain on the relationship.
“I’ve lost confidence because I can’t go out, it was so stressful,” Cori said.
“It was hard getting things like food because I am on a high calorie diet so people panic buying was so difficult.
“I wear sanitary pads and the delivery service wasn’t running so we had to buy from the supermarket and Jamie got tuts and comments from other shoppers.”
After being shut inside for several months during various lockdowns, Cori’s energy levels have suffered and she struggles to go outside.
Cori added: “If me and Jamie go out for dinner or the day, I’m knackered.
“I feel guilty sometimes because we should be able to go out for the day and not have to come back two or three hours later.”
However, she added her doting fiancé doesn’t mind and will make sure she’s well looked after – washing and dressing her as well as giving her medication.
While the wedding is on the back burner and Cori grapples with not knowing how long she has left to live, she’s taken to TikTok to cope with the stresses every day life brings.
She wants to make 2022 the year in which she goes viral on the video platform, where she raises awareness of living with a disability – especially seeing as there are so few dwarfs speaking out.
And Jamie, who is usually behind the camera, fully supports his fiancée’s career aspirations.
Cori said: “I want to build on my confidence and become a disabled Tik Tokker. I want to build an online community where people can see there are others out there.
“I want to show the community that we’re not all under one bracket, we’re not all the same. I would love to be on the front cover of Vogue showing that disability is not a taboo.”