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Name: Nate Turner
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Acting, cooking, soccer, swimming.

Appearance: Standing at 4’6” and weighing 83 lbs, Nate has proportional dwarfism caused by a hormonal disorder. His brown hair is cut short, to the point that it rarely needs combing. He has thin brown eyes, a straight thin nose and a straight lipped mouth, as well as a diamond shaped face with small ears. As a result of his disorder, Nate looks younger than his actual age and more closely resembles a thirteen year old, due to his smooth features and leaner frame.

Nate wears handed down clothes from his older brothers, so his outfits have evidence of repair jobs and leftover stains. He generally favours t-shirts and jerseys with solid colours or generic designs on them, as well as sweaters in the colder seasons. He wears jeans when he has to, but prefers to switch to cargo shorts as soon as the weather warms up, and keeps to the same pair of worn black sneakers all year round.

Biography: The youngest of five brothers, Nate Turner was born in Kingman, Arizona to Jessica Turner née Smith, a senior pastor for a local Methodist Church, and Kevin Turner, a floor manager with an accounting firm at the Kingman Industrial Park. Nate’s older brothers, Kevin Jr., Simon, Paul and Toby came eight, six, four and three years ahead of him, respectively.

As the baby of a family of five, Nate grew up in a house full of hand-downs and roughhousing. Whilst the family were able to keep themselves afloat thanks to Kevin’s careful budgeting and Jessica’s creativity with entertaining the kids, the three bedroom house was cramped for the better part of Nate’s life, something he became very used to as a young child.

When he was around the age of three, Nate’s parents began to grow concerned with his slow rate of growth. After consulting with his doctor, he was diagnosed with his hormonal disorder, caused by a defect in his pituitary gland that was resulting in his restricted growth. This surprised Kevin and Jessica, given the relative health of their other children.

The immediate concern was the financial implications: as a family already on a tight budget, the cost of long-term medical treatment was at the front of Kevin’s mind, and he quickly realised that, partly due to his company’s subpar insurance scheme, they didn’t have the budget to provide daily shots in the long term. As a result, Nate was limited to three hormone injections a week.

Even with the reduced number of injections, the cost of the treatment took its toll on the family; spare cash became a luxury that Nate’s older siblings rarely got to see the benefit of, something that became particularly irritating for Kevin Jr. and Simon. Whilst Jessica reminded her older children of the importance of familial love and not to blame Nate, which they obliged with for the most part, it was a frustrating situation regardless. Nate remained relatively unaware of the implications of his treatment’s cost due to his young age.

Whilst the house was relatively small for a family their size, they were fortunate enough to have a large yard that the boys spent many hours in, Jessica spending her free time coming up with new games for them to play when she wasn’t inventing stories for them. Though Kevin was generally too tired from work to join in the games, he and the boys took many trips to the park at the weekends whilst Jessica did the shopping or attended to her clergy duties.

With a pastor for a mother, the Turners were a devoutly religious family. Nate grew up attending church every Sunday with his family, and the values of his religion would reverberate with him as he grew older. He grew to love being part of an extended community beyond his own family, and as he got older he would come to idealise the notion that everyone could be saved, taking comfort in the optimistic belief.

When Nate started school, he enjoyed it immensely. Never shy as a child, he was quick to befriend other kids and take part in the class. Though he didn’t stand out academically, his energetic and upbeat personality saw him through the initial few years.

His favorite class in elementary school was P.E. class: having spent countless hours playing with his brothers, he’d already developed a love of sports that saw him looking forward to the time exercising and being active with great enthusiasm.

It was during his fourth year at elementary school that he began to experience difficulties, however. A new arrival to the sixth grade, having moved in from out of town, chose Nate as her target for bullying, picking on him in particular due to his notably small size. Whilst the faculty was quick to step in on her ridiculing, and Nate’s friends tried to make him feel better, his first experience with a bully shook him to the core and caused him to withdraw. The fact that she was relentless in her teasing, as well as influencing other girls around her to follow suit, made the situation even worse.

Whilst Nate’s parents were called in to discuss the issue, they had difficulty coming up with a solution beyond the school’s existing method of handling bullying. Eventually Nate’s bully graduated to middle school, but the damage was done and his outgoing nature took a hit, as he began to become insecure about his lack of growth.

As his siblings grew up, Nate found them wanting to spend less and less time with him. Simon, Paul and Toby had transitioned into the awkward teenage phase, and Kevin Jr. was almost an adult in his own right. They had long since grown accustomed to the cost of Nate’s treatments limiting their own budgets and no longer harboured ill will towards him over it, but their age difference remained the limiting factor all the same. Though the family kept up to date on each other, with family dinner sessions being the time to share everybody’s news, he started to feel alone the rest of the time with his inability to continue relating to his brothers. Whilst his father continued to be active with the family at the weekends, he found himself gravitating to Nate’s older siblings, finding it easier to hold conversations with them on subjects that Nate had difficulty keeping interest in. Whilst he tried to be present for these conversations as a means to spend time with his father, he still felt left out all the same.

As a consequence, Nate found himself growing more attached to his mother. He would attend more church activities with her whilst the rest of the family were busy with their own hobbies, assisting her with running volunteer projects or doing odd jobs for her as needed. In addition, he would spend a lot of time helping her with her own jobs around the house, particularly cooking the family meals. What started as a simple way to spend more time with his mother became a genuine interest for him, as he took great satisfaction in spending time making something the whole family could enjoy.

At first, Nate’s cooking efforts were as an assistant to his mother, helping to stir the sauce or cut the vegetables as needed. In time he began making an effort to be more involved as his interest grew, helping pick out recipes for the weekly meals or preparing entire side dishes alone. Whilst he enjoyed preparing and enjoying something that he’d help to make from scratch, it was the attention from his siblings and father that really drew him to enjoy cooking, taking their opinions to heart. Whilst Jessica was quick to cover for any criticism that might’ve been innocently tossed out, Nate felt a great deal of shame for any personal failings and always resolved to try harder next time.

Going into middle school wasn’t as smooth an experience for Nate as elementary school was. He was still insecure about his size, especially as his classmates began to develop ahead of him, and as a result he was less involved in the classroom. He was also hesitant to socialise with new people out of anxiety at how they might treat him, though he retained several friends from elementary school and through the church. This time also saw a resurgence in his bullying problem, as older kids were quicker to pick on him for his stature.

It was around this time that Nate realised the value of playing himself up as a victim. As the youngest of five, he’d experienced his older siblings being blamed for things he was still partially responsible for on several occasions, and during his elementary school bullying phase he was quick to receive a lot of sympathy and support. Whilst at first he kept the middle school bullying problem to himself, feeling too insecure to start speaking up in his defence, his friends’ support and reporting the problem for him made him start to believe that people would automatically take his side in a conflict. Once he realised that, he became a lot quicker to report people who taunted him, regardless of how severe their actions might have been. This resulted in him gaining a reputation as a snitch amongst his aggressors, though he was quick to present himself as a victim to everyone else.

Though he was still anxious about meeting new people, his love of sports won out in the end and Nate decided to join the soccer team in middle school, having greatly enjoyed playing the game in the past. Though he was reluctant to compete with the team, worrying that his skills or size would hold the team back, he did so anyway at the behest of his coach and more supportive teammates, claiming that he was underestimating himself.

Nate also joined the drama club in middle school. When he was younger, he was always eager to participate in the plays put on by his school and church, enjoying the chance to get creative and act out. He enjoyed playing up character traits and tended to be over dramatic regardless of the scene, and this carried on through middle school. His mentors in the club tried to steer him away from this habit for the benefit of his performance, and whilst Nate tried to oblige he still found himself getting carried away from time to time.

Whilst Nate enjoyed PE classes at school, other subjects were becoming a challenge for him. Paul and Toby were considered the brains of the Turner family, taking after their father, and Nate found it difficult to achieve good results in most subjects. This was particularly notable in mathematics and science, due to his inability to concentrate and memorise for long periods that made it hard for him to recall the relevant facts. This became another source of insecurity for Nate, considering the attention he’d seen his elder two brothers receive from his father for their school abilities that he was continuing to feel left out of.

Once again, he turned to his mother for support. Though her responsibilities with the church and household duties limited her available time, her knack for storytelling enabled her to give Nate a lot of support with his English work, which became his best subject when combined with his creativity that he’d practiced through drama. Whilst he still struggled to perform well, the support from Jessica still made school more bearable for him.

Nate’s difficulty with memorising grew to be an issue with his drama performances, something that became more pronounced as he began to do it more regularly. Though he was used to tripping on occasional lines when he was younger and performing less frequently, it became a source of frustration for him as he began to take on longer plays with more complicated texts.

Venting his frustration to his mother during one particular study session, the two began to develop a coping habit of improvisation: Jessica suggested that if Nate wasn’t entirely certain what the next line was, he should think about what the character would want to say in that situation, and make something up accordingly. Whilst this technique saw a good deal of improvement in reducing Nate’s blanking on stage, it did tend to irritate some other club members due to throwing off their own cues.

As he approached the end of middle school, Kevin Jr. announced his intentions to move to Phoenix. The family had been aware that funding college would be difficult for the kids, given their size, so Kevin Jr. had opted to work for a number of years before beginning his own studies, whilst also desiring the independence of living away from home.

Though their relationship had been much more restrained in the previous years due to the age gap, Nate was very upset when his eldest brother left the house. To compensate he started spending even more time with his siblings, much to their growing irritation. As soon as school was out and he didn’t have a club to attend to, he’d rush to wherever he knew his nearest available family member to be, even if it was just to know that he was in the same building as one of them.

His first year of high school didn’t prove too different from middle school: he once again joined the drama club and soccer team, as well as deciding to take up swimming too, mostly as an excuse to have something to do every day after school but also out of nostalgia of the trips to the local pool he’d had with his family when he was younger. At this point the physical difference between him and his peers was becoming exaggerated, which made him even more reluctant to compete than before. He fell into playing as a sub for the soccer team, a role he was comfortable with as it allowed him to still attend the club whilst minimising his perceived chance of embarrassing himself on the field.

Whilst Nate had joined the swim team more causally than his other extracurricular activities, he found himself taking to the sport quite readily. He was able to perform decently thanks to the lower body strength he maintained from soccer, with his upper body strength slowly catching up as he swam more regularly. Due to his hard working nature and regular appearance at the club, his skills improved quite readily over his high school career.

Nate’s continuing difference in size became an even bigger sore sport for him, however. Whilst the hormone treatment had allowed him to start experience puberty at age 13, his growth had slowed down notably in the past few years and he was beginning to fear that his height had plateaued. Though he was forward with his doctors and parents about his anxieties, the family’s insurance was stubborn about improving the funding so that his injection schedule could be increased to a daily rate, and even with Kevin Jr. having left the house the family found it difficult to find the cash to increase the frequency of injections.

Whilst he continued to rely on his mother for comfort over his anxieties, she was beginning to recognise his overreliance on her for support. Conflicted over the best response to the situation, she began to encourage Nate to spend more time with his friends outside of school. Though the thought of spending less time with his family was very intimidating for Nate, he did appreciate that he was spending more time with his mother than other boys his own age.

At first, Nate turned to his church’s youth group to get involved with in his free time, being already familiar with most of the members thanks to his involvement with the church over the years. Whilst this did get him out of the house more, it still resorted in him seeing his mother more than she intended, as she was involved in the group’s activities herself as the consulting pastor.

During Nate’s sophomore year, it was Simon’s turn to move out of the house. Whilst he had decided to work in the same office as his father, the fact that he had now moved out to a local flat caused Nate to reel back from his attempts at independence, once again growing insecure as the house grew emptier.

Now in his junior year, Nate has been relieved to find that Paul and Toby have yet to announce their own intentions to move out. At this point they and Simon all work with their father, who is in the final stages of starting his business. Paul and Toby opted to continue sharing a room when Simon moved out, leading to Nate finally having a room of his own. Whilst the fact that he was sleeping in a room by himself for the first time led to a lot of initial discomfort, he eventually found that he actually enjoyed the privacy, especially knowing that the rest of his family was only on the other side of the walls.

At school, Nate continues to keep his schedule full so that he’s never alone for too long whilst continuing to enjoy his interest in drama and sports.

In the drama club, though he continues trying to improve his performances and ability to memorise lines, he still has issues with getting carried away with emotions and scenes, as well as resorting to improvising dialogue. These difficulties have resulted in him often being cast in less serious or more emotionally shallow roles, which he doesn’t so much resent due to enjoying the parts, but he still hopes for the chance to refine his emotional performances in more nuanced roles. He also has a tendency to find himself cast into roles that play on his size, often due to these characters affiliation with comic relief, which is a situation that he does quietly resent.

Generally, Nate enjoys plays with fantastical plot lines and a wide range of emotional content. He’s particularly drawn to the work of William Shakespeare, The Tempest being his favorite play, though he also likes works from more recent writers such as John Steinbeck and Arthur Miller. Whilst he prefers to participate rather than watch, he does enjoy going to local productions with friends should the interest strike them.

In sports, his love of soccer has been superseded by his new found enthusiasm for swimming.

He remains a sub on the soccer team, generally preferring to play in a winger position as his size is less impactful there, but ultimately he prefers to work on his ball control skills and enjoy casual games with his friends on the team rather than being competitive.

His swimming skills have developed notably during his time at high school; he specialises in the free stroke, but has also shown himself capable of performing the fly stroke. At his coach’s encouragement he’s become more active at meets, participating in two or three races, compared to how he used to prefer to race just once per meet when he started. Though he is far from the best swimmer in the team, he places fairly well at meets thanks to his commitment and determination allowing his skill to close the physical gap caused by his size.

He also continues to be an active member of the Christian community, regularly attending his youth group. As with his other extra-curricular activities, he takes comfort in the sense of community this gives him, as well as enjoying the time it lets him spend with his mother, though he does make an effort not to appear too attached in front of his friends.

Meanwhile, he has continued to practice his cooking over the years at his mother’s side, to the point that he occasionally cooks meals for the family in her place. He mainly does it as a source of attention from his family in the form of compliments for the dishes he cooks, particularly from his father, but he also enjoys using it as another excuse to spend time with his mother whether it be joining her on food shopping trips or looking up interesting recipes to prepare. His food tends to be decent for the most part, though he is a slow learner with new recipes and will often make mistakes on the first few tries. He usually works on affordable but filling Western foods, particularly enjoying the home-style cooking of Nigella Lawson.

Academics continue to be a weak point for Nate. Though English remains his strongest subject, he only maintains a B average in it, whilst the other subjects tend to hover around the C range. He does put a lot of effort into his work, but he still has difficulty with remembering facts over long periods. He does do better in cooking classes, however, due to his external interest, matching his English performance in that subject, with the occasional A.

Socially, Nate has regained a lot of the confidence with other people that he enjoyed in elementary school. Much more open to approaching new people, he usually makes friends through his enthusiasm and dedicated nature, but he still has a habit of becoming clingy when anxious, which can put people off. He is also still uncomfortable about people commenting on his dwarfism, whatever their intent behind it; if he’s particularly upset by what’s said, he’ll respond by looking for people he knows are supportive to cling to. However, he also still knows how to play himself up as the victim when such situations call for it, and whilst he has a much lower tendency to tell on people picking on him these days, he’s resorted to badmouthing them behind their backs instead and complaining to whoever’ll listen.

Nate continues to see all of his brothers on the holidays, looking forward to such occasions with great enthusiasm, but the age gap between him and his eldest two brothers continues to make it difficult for them to relate. Similarly, his father still favours Paul and Toby for their intelligence, and with his imminent plans to begin a business with them doesn’t have as much time for Nate. Mealtimes continue to be the height of family time in the Turner household, but even then Nate finds it difficult to find things to talk about with his family beyond his mother, much to his distress. Usually he’ll complacently listen to what topics they happen to be discussing with minimal contribution instead.

As he still has his senior year ahead of him, Nate has yet to put too much thought into what he wants to do after graduation. He doesn’t intend to attend college at present, though the prospect would be much easier for him financially with his four brothers now working full time. He has given some thought to following in his mother’s footsteps as a pastor, an idea that has received a mixed response from her due to worrying it is him being overly dependent on her once again.

Advantages: Despite his handicap, Nate remains in good physical shape from his constant activity and sports. He is involved socially in a wide number of groups, which gives him a fairly large pool of potential allies. His experience as an actor and with garnering sympathy may also allow him to avoid being targeted or manipulate events, depending on the situation and whether he can keep his acting subtle enough.
Disadvantages: Nate is incredibly uncomfortable with being left alone, becoming very stressed even at the thought of being by himself. He is also prone to becoming anxious in general, which will do little to help his coping ability on the island. In spite of his good shape, Nate is still markedly smaller than his peer group and has delayed development, which will make him an easy target in a physical confrontation. His tendency to cling to other people to deal with his anxieties may also aggravate other parties.
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Nate Turner is temporarily DENIED pending revision.

There are several areas in need of further development/adjustment and a couple of things that need clarification/explanation before Nate can be approved.

Specifically, Nate's hobbies and interests are all underdeveloped, there is a lack of a cohesive timeline which creates questions about when certain events in Nate's life, things are alluded to but never fully explained, and there are several inconsistencies or contradictions about Nate's abilities and activities that need to be clarified.

About Nate's condition... Doing some research, I'm seeing that Human Growth Hormone replacement drugs are fairly expensive medication. "For patients not covered by health insurance, hGH typically costs about $500 to $7,500 for a monthly supply administered by injection daily. The cost depends on the dose and what condition is being treated; for adults with growth hormone deficiency, the cost would be on the lower end of the range because a lower dose is needed; for children with growth hormone deficiency, the cost would be in the middle of the range, depending on the size of the child. For patients covered by insurance, typical out-of-pocket costs would consist of a monthly copay as high as $300 to $700 or more."

In several places in the profile, it's alluded to that the Turners struggle financially. Is that due to the parents not making very much money or because of Nate's treatments? If it's because his parents don't earn much, how have they afforded 10+ years of this medication? Either way, how does that financial strain affect how Nate and his family interact? I'd like to see that explained and explored.

Since we're talking about Nate's condition, why is his treatment so ineffective? Multiple sites state that children with proportional dwarfism who undergo hGH treatment grow to average or near-average height.

Since hGH is an on-going, continually adjusted treatment until the end of a child's growth window, Nate must still be undergoing treatment. How long has it been since he plateaued at his current height? Children undergoing hGH see pediatric endocrinologists 3 to 4 times a year in order to check their progress and adjust their medication dosages as necessary. Pediatric endocrinology is a fairly specialized field, so I'm assuming that Nate's current doctor has been his doctor for a decade or more. Why hasn't Nate or his parents discussed with their physician Nate's lack of height? What further treatment options have they discussed? And what, exactly, is Nate's current dosage of medication and what is his injection schedule?

Now, for the bio itself: I'm going to tag problematic stuff in a color. My questions and comments will be in green.

Biography:
The youngest of five brothers, Nate Turner was born to Jessica Turner née Smith, a local Methodist pastor in Kingman, Arizona, (Is she a senior pastor, youth pastor, junior pastor? It's important since her work in the church appears to be the basis of one hobby and a strong influence on a second.) and Kevin Turner, an accounting floor manager at the Kingman Industrial Park. (Please clarify what you mean by this. Is he an accountant for a business in the industrial park? Does he manage all of the accounting department for that business? Does he work for the owner of the entire industrial park and not one of the businesses who lease space there? Since the family's finances have been brought up earlier in relation to Nate's condition and treatment, I'm going to need make clear please.) Nate’s older brothers, Kevin Jr., Simon, Paul and Toby came eight, six, four and three years ahead of him, respectively.

As the baby of a family of five, Nate grew up in a house full of hand-downs and roughhousing. Whilst the family were able to keep themselves afloat thanks to Kevin’s careful budgeting and Jessica’s creativity with entertaining the kids, the three bedroom house was cramped for the better part of Nate’s life, something he became very used to as a young child.

When he was around the age of three, Nate’s parents began to grow concerned with his slow rate of growth. After consulting with his doctor, he was diagnosed with his hormonal disorder, caused by a defect in his pituitary gland that was resulting in his restricted growth. This surprised Kevin and Jessica, given the relative health of their other children. Nate was prescribed with a daily hormone treatment to assist his growth, and though it did lead to an initial increase in his size he still remained smaller than the rest of his peer group.

As they got older, the family maintained a close bond. (Later information in the profile contradicts this statement.) Whilst the house was relatively small for a family their size, they were fortunate enough to have a large yard that the boys spent many hours in, Jessica spending her free time coming up with new games for them to play when she wasn’t inventing stories for them. Whilst Kevin was generally too tired from work to join in the games, he and the boys took many trips to the park at the weekends whilst Jessica did the shopping or attended to her clergy duties. Though there was some initial concern for his parents over whether Nate would be comfortable rough housing with his brothers due to his growth impairment, he didn’t appear phased in the slightest by the size difference. (Later in the profile, you mention that Nate gets excluded from father/son activities due to his condition. Why the change in behavior if his parents and siblings were fine with him being physical as a youngster and in light of the fact that he's involved in athletics as an older boy?)

With a pastor mother, the Turner’s (no apostrophe) were a devoutly religious family. Nate grew up attending church every Sunday with his family, and the values of his religion would reverberate with him as he grew older. (In what way? This is going to need to be expanded upon since it’s a Hobby/Interest. Also, if he spends a lot of time in church, how is it that he’s bullied so severely at school? Why don’t any of the other children from church stick up for him?)

When Nate started school, he had a difficult time. His small size made him a target of bullies in the older grades, which led to him become shy and apprehensive to go to school. Whilst his elder brothers quickly stepped in to stick up for him, curtailing the teasing at the expense of fights and meetings with parents, the damage was done and Nate became uncomfortable interacting with people outside of his family, tending to stay quiet and reserved in the classroom. (He's quiet at school but not at home. Does he interact with people at church which seems to be a place he spends a lot of time? Also, kindergarteners are usually kept separate from other grades for exactly this reason, and the joy of kindergarteners’ day is getting the chance to tell on someone else. How did this go unnoticed and uncommented on to the point where multiple brothers had to get in what appears to be multiple fights before someone did something? When schools have students who are differently abled, staff try to go out of their way to try and make sure the child feels comfortable and accepted.)

His teachers worked with his parents to help Nate come out of his shell, and eventually settled on a solution that related to Nate’s apparent interest in theatre. (What apparent interest? This is the first we've heard of any interest.) He had taken part in school plays and nativities with the church, and both his parents and teachers agreed that he was a lot more open and expressive on stage. His parents enrolled Nate in the local drama club, and whilst he was terrified to attend at first, soon he was an involved and active member, becoming good friends with the members and generating the knock on effect towards his attitude in the classroom that was desired. (Can you please clarify by what you mean in regards to “the knock on effect”? I am unfamiliar with this term. Also, what local drama club? Do you mean something like a class or school for children? Also, since the family is barely scraping by, which has previously been stated in the profile, where are they getting the money for this? How does this money being poured out for Nate affect his relationship with his brothers, especially the older ones who would understand that the family is having to go without in order to do more for Nate?)

For Nate, drama was a chance to get creative and act out. He enjoyed playing up his roles, embellishing personality traits in the character traits and generally being over dramatic regardless of the scene. His friends began to appreciate his ability to make a situation funny, and soon his sense of humour through exaggeration became a regular motif in his acting. (Later in the profile, there's talk of him feeling pigeonholed due to roles. If he’s being overly dramatic and “funny” regardless of the scene, I’m thinking it's not his height that's holding him back.)

Improving his confidence in the classroom also gave Nate the opportunity to discover his interest in sports. (You said these boys spend A LOT of time outside when not at school, playing games and activities overseen by their mother. What were they doing if not playing sports of some form?) With his confidence improved, he was finally able to relax enough in physical education classes to enjoy himself, and took a particular shine to soccer; he enjoyed working on his ball control, as well as getting to play on a team with his friends.

However, whilst his attitude in the classroom improved, his brothers’ absence after leaving elementary school caused the bullying problem to emerge once again. Though he resorted to withdrawing once more, at this point he had friends in his own age group who would try to make him feel better and tell the teachers what was happening. This did a lot to improve Nate’s confidence over the situation, and he began to stand up for himself instead by yelling back at the people aggravating him rather than hiding away, culminating in taking one particularly obnoxious bully by surprise by shoving him to the ground.Though he was reprimanded, the bully still took the greater share of the blame. The lesson that Nate took from this was that he could get away with certain things by playing himself up to be the victim. (He's the youngest of five boys but it took getting knocked down and yelled at at school to teach Nate that playing the victim could pay off?)

As his siblings grew up, Nate found them wanting to spend less and less time with him. Simon, Paul and Toby had transitioned into the awkward teenage phase, and Kevin Jr. was almost an adult in his own right. Though the family still remained close, with family dinner sessions being the time to share everybody’s news, he started to feel alone the rest of the time with his inability to continue relating to his brothers. Whilst his father continued to be active with the family at the weekends, he tended to spend more time with Nate’s more mature siblings rather than himself, due to their ability to get involved in more active sports or discuss more intellectual topics that Nate had difficulty keeping up with. ( If he can't relate to his brothers, how are they close? Why can’t Nate be involved in these “more active sports”? What sports are we talking about? How does Nate feel about his father and brothers purposefully excluding him? Why hasn’t his mother gotten involved in this situation?)

As a consequence, Nate found himself growing more attached to his mother. He would attend more church activities with her whilst the rest of the family were busy with their own hobbies, assisting her with running volunteer projects or doing odd jobs for her as needed. In addition, he would spend a lot of time helping her with her own jobs around the house, particularly cooking the family meals. What started as a simple way to spend more time with his mother became a genuine interest for him, as he took great satisfaction in spending time making something the whole family could enjoy. (So what's he making? What's his favorite type of food to make? Why? Who are his cooking influences? What happens when the family doesn't like what he makes for dinner that night? Is he actually any good at this?)

going into middle school was Nate’s first experience of attending a school apart from his brothers, leaving him to fend for himself. ((No it’s not. That's how Nate's bullying reemerged. Given the age differences stated in the profile, Nate would not have had any brothers in school with him after third grade. Kevin Jr never went to school with Nate, Simon was on to middle school by the time Nate was in first grade, and Paul was gone by the time Nate started third grade. That leaves only Toby to be there for the Nate’s third grade year before he too goes off to middle school. And Nate only remain alone until he hits high school, where when he is a freshman, Paul is a senior and Toby is a junior.)) He maintained a few friends from elementary school that tided him over, but he still had to hold his ground against people who picked on him. He continued to use the defence he had learned before: shouting back insults and not giving an inch. However, this led to more violent outcomes than he was used to, and whilst he continued to play himself up as the victim, he also became even more insecure about people picking a fight with him over his size. (He became even more secure but he still insults people and refuses to back down? This seems highly contradictory.)

However, his love of sports and drama outweighed his lingering anxiety and he was still an active club member in middle school. As before, he was an involved member of the drama club, continuing to refine his love of theatrics whilst also starting to appreciate the value of more nuance and subtlety in performances. He also attended the soccer and athletics clubs, but found himself reluctant to participate at competitive events within them. (I'm confused. Is he on a team or not? If so, what position is he playing? At the risk of sounding insensitive, what track and field events does he participate in? I'm having a really hard time picturing him as successful without more information like why track? what about it does he enjoy? what events he participates in? If he's so afraid of failing, why is he still active in any of this?) He was finding it harder and harder to keep up with his peers as they started to experience puberty whilst his own was still delayed, and didn’t want to risk looking incapable at a meet. Though he was encouraged to try and overcome his insecurities by his coaches and parents, his nerves got the better of him in the end.

Whilst Nate enjoyed PE classes at school, other subjects were becoming a challenge for him. Paul and Toby were considered the brains of the Turner family, taking after their father, and Nate found it difficult to achieve good results in most subjects. This was particularly notable in mathematics and science, due to his inability to concentrate and memorise for long periods that made it hard for him to recall the relevant facts. ((What inability? If he has an inability to concentrate and memorize things, how does he learn his lines for drama?)) This became another source of insecurity for Nate, considering the attention he’d seen his elder two brothers receive from his father for their school abilities that he was continuing to feel left out of.

Once again, he turned to his mother for support. Though her responsibilities with the church and household duties limited her available time, her knack for storytelling enabled her to give Nate a lot of support with his English work, which became his best subject when combined with his creativity that he’d practiced through drama. Whilst he still struggled to perform well, the support from Jessica still made school more bearable for him.

As he approached the end of middle school, Kevin Jr. announced his intentions to move to Phoenix. The family had been aware that funding college would be difficult for the kids, given their size, so Kevin Jr. had opted to work for a number of years before beginning his own studies, whilst also desiring the independence of living away from home.

Though their relationship had been much more restrained in the previous years due to the age gap, Nate was very upset when his eldest brother left the house. To compensate he started spending even more time with his siblings, much to their growing irritation. As soon as school was out and he didn’t have a club to attend to, he’d rush to wherever he knew his nearest available family member to be, even if it was just to know that he was in the same building as one of them.

His first year of high school didn’t prove too different from middle school: he once again joined the drama club, soccer club, and track team, as well as deciding to take up swimming too, mostly as an excuse to have something to do every day after school. As with middle school, he attended the clubs without competing, particularly since the physical difference between him and his peers was becoming more exaggerated. (I think we're having a British-to-American conflict. Sports aren't called clubs in the US. They're teams. You join a team. Activities, like drama, can be extracurricular clubs or they can be elective courses. I don't know of many teams that fill up valuable slots with individuals who are unwilling/incapable of participating in the sport. Rather than being an athlete, does he fulfill a different role for the team, like equipment manager or statistician?)

Whilst the hormone treatment had allowed him to start experiencing puberty at age 13, his growth had slowed down notably in the past few years and he was beginning to fear that his height had plateaued. Whilst he continued to rely on his mother for comfort over his anxieties, she was beginning to recognise his overreliance on her for support. Conflicted over the best response to the situation, she began to encourage Nate to spend more time with his friends outside of school. Though the thought of spending less time with his family was very intimidating for Nate, he did appreciate that he was spending more time with his mother than other boys his own age.

At first, Nate turned to Christian groups to get involved with in his free time, being already familiar with most of the local Methodist community thanks to his involvement with the church over the years. Whilst this did get him out of the house more, it still resorted in him seeing his mother more than she intended, as she was involved in many of the groups herself.

Towards the end of Nate’s freshman year, it was Simon’s turn to move out of the house. Whilst he had decided to work in the same office as his father, the fact that he had now moved out to a local flat caused Nate to reel back from his attempts at independence, once again growing insecure as the house grew emptier.

Whilst Jessica struggled to think of a solution to the problem, the fact that Nate was only rushing home when he didn’t already have an afterschool activity, which was almost every day of the week, made it difficult for her to come up with reasons for him to stay outside the house. She didn’t want to force him to quit any of his clubs or Christian group activities, but she did manage to convince him to stop staying so long after church with her on Sundays, instead taking the time to hang out with friends. Whilst Nate still spent many days on Sunday at home in the company of his father, Paul and Simon, their closer bond with each other rather than him led to him eventually reducing this habit.

Now in his junior year, Nate has been relieved to find that Paul and Toby have yet to announce their own intentions to move out. At this point they and Simon all work with their father, who has recently considered starting an independent company with them in his employ. Paul and Toby opted to continue sharing a room when Simon moved out, leading to Nate finally having a room of his own. Whilst the fact that he was sleeping in a room by himself for the first time led to a lot of initial discomfort, he eventually found that he actually enjoyed the privacy, especially knowing that the rest of his family was only on the other side of the walls.

At school, Nate continues to keep his schedule full so that he’s never alone for too long whilst continuing to enjoy his interest in drama and sports.

In the drama club, he retains his love for acting over the top and exaggerating elements of his character, but at this point he’s developed a broad style and enjoys trying roles from many different works. At times he’s found himself in roles that play on his size, and whilst he doesn’t appreciate being pigeonholed, he is willing to take advantage of it on the stage if he feels he can deliver on the part. (Again, I can see why directors pass on using him. If he's chewing the scenery, I'm not sure he's a very good actor. Also, what have been his favorite roles? What, exactly, has he performed in? What are his favorite plays to watch? Who are his acting influences? What is his dream role? As a hobby, this needs a lot more fleshing out.)

In sports, he has resigned himself to participating only on an attendance level and has no interest in playing competitively. He finds the exercise in track and swimming to help sooth his anxieties, whilst he enjoys perfecting his ball control skills and playing more casually with the soccer club. Whilst he is aware of dwarf sports associations where he would be able to compete on a more even level, he prefers to just participate with the school clubs for the time being.

He also continues to be an active member of the Christian community, regularly attending groups for people his own age and taking part in activism projects. (Like...? What Christian activism is he participating in? Please provide examples? Also, he's attending groups, plural, for people his own age. Are all these groups at his mother's church or are they at other Methodist churches in the city or are they at other Protestant churches? Exactly how many is he a part of? How does his mother feel about his fellowship with non-Methodists?) As with his other extra-curricular activities, he takes comfort in the sense of community this gives him, as well as enjoying the time it lets him spend with his mother, though he does make an effort not to appear too attached in front of his friends.

Meanwhile, he has continued to practice his cooking over the years at his mother’s side, to the point that he occasionally cooks meals for the family in her place. Not only does he enjoy receiving the compliments from his family for the dishes he cooks, particularly from his father, but he takes pride in having a skill he doesn’t believe to be common amongst his age group. (But cooking is a fairly common skill among his age set, especially for people who live in dual-income or single parent households. Why does he think this is such a unique skill?)

Academics continue to be a weak point for Nate. Though English remains his strongest academic area, he only maintains a B average in it, whilst the other subjects tend to hover around the C range. He does put a lot of effort into his work, but he still has difficulty with remembering facts over long periods. He does do better in cooking classes, however, due to his external interest, matching his English performance in that subject with the occasional A.

Socially, Nate tends to get on with students who enjoy his enthusiasm and sense of humour, but also tends to put people off with his clinginess when he starts to feel anxious. Similarly, he still has to cope with people who make fun of his dwarfism through standing his ground and biting back, though such events still distress him a great deal and play on his insecurity over possibly having reached his maximum height. However, he also still knows how to play himself up as the victim when such situations call for it, regardless of how he may have responded himself.

Nate continues to see all of his brothers on the holidays, looking forward to such occasions with great enthusiasm, but the age gap between him and his eldest two brothers continues to make it difficult for them to relate. Similarly, his father still favours Paul and Toby for their intelligence, and with his imminent plans to begin a business with them, doesn’t have as much time for Nate. Though the four do still spend time together, they find it difficult to find things to talk about, much to Nate’s distress.

As he still has his senior year ahead of him, Nate has yet to put too much thought into what he wants to do after graduation. He doesn’t intend to attend college at present, though the prospect would be much easier for him financially with his four brothers now working full time. He has given some thought to following in his mother’s footsteps as a pastor, an idea that has received a mixed response from her due to worrying it is him being overly dependent on her once again.

Advantages: Despite his handicap, Nate remains in good physical shape from his constant activity and sports. He is involved socially in a wide number of groups, which give him a fairly large pool of potential allies. His talent as an actor and experience with garnering sympathy may also allow him to avoid being targeted or manipulate events, depending on the situation.
Disadvantages: Nate is incredibly poor at being independent, becoming very stressed out when left alone for periods of time or even at the thought of being left alone. He is also prone to becoming anxious in general, which will do little to help his coping ability on the island. In spite of his good shape, Nate is still markedly smaller than his peer group and has delayed development, which will make him an easy target in a physical confrontation. His tendency to cling to other people to deal with his anxieties may also aggravate other parties.


So that should do it for the first round. Sorry for the delay in getting this done. Once you've addressed these issues, I'll give Nate another going over.
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Skippity doo, made the changes.

- Nate now gets his injections three times a week instead of daily! (Healthcare's expensive =/)
- Defined parents occupations more!
- Family isn't pretending to be close when they're actually rapidly growing apart!
- Interest expansion!
- Track interest removed! Also Christian activism replaced with just being part of a youth group, but I'm not counting it as a hobby/interest since it's more of a time filler.
- Acting downgraded to 'poor/ok'!
- Swimming upgraded to 'Not too shabby'!
- Soccer elaborated on (Sub on the team, still doesn't like competing at it though)!
- Bullying rekerjiggered!
- Timeline rekerjiggered!
- Some general wording changes in the biography and advantages/disadvantages!

I do worry that his hobbies list might be a touch short now, though at least he's got a lot going on in his week. Still, do prod me if you'd like to see more, I've only not added one yet because inspiration is hard.
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