The Science and Spirit of Giants and Dwarfs

"There were times when I tried to climb the shelves of grocery stores," said Campbell. "I don't do that anymore. I will ask somebody, 'Could you get that down for me, please?'"

One lasting impression these two women leave is the reservoir of good humor they maintain in relating to other people. They are open and unashamed, and tolerant of questions no matter how many times they have heard them and answered them.

Because of her circumstance, "I think I care more about people," Allen said. "As far as I'm concerned, I'd much rather be a giver than a taker. I try to make a joke out of things. … It's a lot easier to laugh than to cry, I think. Crying — sometimes it'll help release some emotions, but I'd rather laugh."

"You know the old saying, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade?" Campbell said. "I see that she does it. It's evident right there."

"I like my life the way it is," Allen said. "Getting in the Guinness Book of Records really changed my life. It has given me the opportunity to travel all over the world, see places I would only have dreamed of … and it sort of brought me out of my shell."

"I don't blame God for making me this way," Allen said. "I'm very proud of being tall. And what I try to do — if I can help even one person in my lifetime with their attitude toward life, then it's all worth it."

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