15 Shocking Revelations From Terra Jole’s “Fierce At Four Foot Two”
Terra Jole is best known for her gig as the star of Little Women: LA and Terra’s Little Family. The long-time entertainer and performer began appearing in both shows in 2014, and also serves as executive producer. She reached even more success after participating in and finishing in fifth place on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars! The reality star recently wrote her first memoir, Fierce at Four Foot Two, so we’ve compiled a list of the 15 most shocking revelations from her book!
15. Small Surprise
Terra Jole’s parents were not expecting her diagnosis because they are both average-sized people. When Jole was born she had club feet that “looked like my feet were wrapped around my legs,” and her head was so oversized that she had to be born via C-section. It wasn’t until the doctor asked them if they had any “extremely short” people in their family that they realized something serious was wrong. Right before they were discharged the doctor told Jole’s parents that she had achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder that causes short-limbed dwarfism. Back in the ’80s there was no genetic testing or anatomy scans to prepare parents for this type of diagnosis, and back then doctors didn’t know that all average-sized parents have a 1 in 30,000 chance in bearing a child with dwarfism. A year later they adopted her brother, Bourn, who also had dwarfism.
14. Terra Jole’s Parents
Terra Jole’s describes her parents as being complete opposites. Her father, Richard Odmark, was a contractor who “loved his steaks rare and his drinks strong,” while her mother, Karolyn Eaves, was much earthier. She was an environmentalist and animal rights activist. When Terra Jole was born, her parents were on the brink of divorce due to her father’s drinking, but Jole seemed to bring her parents back together. It didn’t last long. By the time she was 6-years-old, her parents were divorced. Richard’s drinking only got worse as she got older, and it wasn’t until she was in high school that she truly understood just how bad it was. When his company went under, he bounced around from job to job, never paid child support, and was in and out of rehab.