A letter from Tash Gould

PUBLISHED: 09:04 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 15 June 2010

When my story first went in the Herald last August, it changed my life overnight.

When my story first went in the Herald last August, it changed my life overnight. Suddenly people knew why I was small, and that I am not eight but 16 years old. It's given me such a boost, in my confidence and self-esteem, because I never had much before. It's so hard to fit in when you are different; it feels like there's no place for you. When the Herald launched a campaign to send me and an adult to my dream place, Steve Irwin's zoo, in Australia, I was so overwhelmed I cried and cried with happiness. I just could not believe that it was happening to me. My family are so pleased for me.Thank you to the Midweek Herald - now I feel I belong in this world. I also would like to say a big thank you to all those who are supporting and helping me, so my dream can come true. You are all amazing.It's so scary when you find out you've got cancer, because you just don't know what the future will be. With all your help, support and kind words, I am feeling so much happier and positive in myself now. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. NATASHA GouLD


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