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DWTS' Terra Jolé Pens Sweet Goodbye Letter to Partner Sasha Farber — and Reveals She'll Have Surgery for Injury

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New mom of two and Little Women L.A. star Terra Jolé made history as the first little person to compete on Dancing with the Stars, and she blogged about season 23 exclusively for PEOPLE. Follow Jolé, 36, and her partner Sasha Farber, 33, on Twitter!

Well, my Dancing with the Stars journey may have ended last week, but I feel I really went out on top.

Getting to perfect scores was such a high for me. I really left with my heart out on the dance floor. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba had me in tears and it was an honor to be judged one last time.

It was also the first time I have danced with someone other than Sasha, so hearing positive remarks were encouraging. My trio dance was a special one. It was challenging in the most incredible way and it was my way of proving that I’ve come a long way and I can dance!

When you’re a week away from the finale, the last thing that you want to do is go home. I wanted to prove something to everyone that being different was a good thing! I wanted to prove the same to myself. Never did I realize I had these insecurities before joining Dancing with the Stars. I feel like we were able to showcase that being different was a great thing through dance.

The only part that hurts my heart was that I wasn’t able to learn every dance that you could have to do on DWTS and to say Sasha and I made the finals. But I’m still super proud of this journey and wouldn’t have done anything differently. I don’t think anyone saw us getting this far.

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To Sasha: There will never be another experience like this for me, so thank you. You are the main reason I was able to persevere and grow as a dancer. Every time I felt like giving up, you were there to guide me to keep going. I had the best pro on Dancing with the Stars and your next partner is going to be super lucky to embark on the dance journey with you. We became brother and sister, and I’m looking forward to a lifelong friendship. Always rooting for you! Love ya!

People keep asking me “What’s next?” Well, taking care of me is most important. Since being eliminated last Monday, I found out I had three hernias and I’ve ripped the center of my abdominal wall, which is putting me in surgery early December.

 

Getting back to family is also at the top of my list. Spending more time with my husband and our two one-of-a-kind children is going to feel great.

Last but not least, there are so many things happening in the Little Women franchise. This next year is going to be a crazy whirlwind of new shows and Los Angeles drama. So many things have happened in our lives these past months and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next!

Thanks to the fans and all who voted for EVERYTHING. I now carry you all with me in everything I do.

Dancing with the Stars‘ finale week kicks off Monday and concludes on Tuesday, both at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.