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Nothing needs to stop you

Nothing needs to stop you

NB: During the welcome to this episode of The Different Stories Podcast and during the conversation itself, you will hear it referred to as The Other Stories Podcast.

That was the original name of the podcast until we were requested to change it in November 2023, due to the presence of another podcast of the same name, of a completely different genre.

The podcast is now known as The Different Stories Podcast across all platforms.


Raised by two parents with Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, Victoria Eley shares insights into and the impact the condition has not only on her parents but also on Victoria and the wider family. Getting on and off of public transport, reaching high shelves and driving are just some of the physical challenges. Far worse are the assumptions that dwarfs are part of the circus or pantomime, are childlike, can be patted on the head, etc. that Victoria shares with us.

About Victoria Eley

Victoria Eley is an entrepreneur and mum of 3, both of her parents suffer with the disability Achondroplasia, and whilst she has cared for them, she has 2 great role models that showed her nothing should stop you from getting what you want – able bodied or not! They also taught her the importance of being kind. This has become one of Victoria’s core values and is part of what drives her in her in both her supported living property investment business that houses vulnerable people and families and in helping other entrepreneurs to be more successful through her networking club.


About the host Rachel Maunder

Rachel Maunder is a Story Coach, helping people find and craft their personal stories for greater engagement through speaking. Her secret sauce includes a blend of an ability to spot the key parts of a story and to highlight those in a relatable way. With a lifelong curiosity around what makes people different Rachel is an advocate and ally of acceptance and inclusion. Combine that with her gentle way of drawing people’s stories out of them and you’ll start to see Rachel’s motivation behind creating The Different Stories Podcast. Rachel coaches individuals and runs bespoke workshops for organisations.

You can find her contact details or book a complimentary exploratory call here:

DISCLAIMER: Any views, thoughts and opinions shared and expressed in this podcast belong solely to the host and guest speakers. Please carry out your own due diligence.


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