Teenager’s incredible maturity while facing her challenges

FAMILY PRIDE: Caitlyn Donohoe, with parents Cammi and Patrick Donohoe, is the regional winner of the Lions Youth of the Year Program .

CAITLYN Donohoe might not be able to lift her hands above her head but it hasn’t stopped her from being crowned a star leader in Biloela.

The 17-year-old, who was born with a rare muscle condition, arthrogryposis, has defied the odds and won regional youth leader of the year after Lions Club judges recognised her impressive portfolio of community engagement.

(Excerpt from Hannah Speghen’s article in The Observer- read more)

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Teen works through his rare disease

Teen works through his rare disease

FRUITLAND — At a time when he should be going to school and being active, Bryce Fisher, of Fruitland, can do neither. This is because he has a very rare disease that is making it hard to get around. It keeps him inside his home, away from other people.

Bryce, now 13, has been dealing with chronic recurrent multifocal osteomylitis, a rare disease in which the immune system attacks healthy bones, said his mother Carolyn Anderson. The disease can cause a number of problems with the skeletal system, including inflammation, bone deformity, broken bones and intense pain. The disease strikes one in 300 people world-wide, she said.

(Excerpt from Larry Meyer’s article in the Argus Observer- Read more) 

 

Teen mums encouraged to follow ambition

Almost 1000 teenage girls become mums in Northern Ireland each year but with the help of Fixers, a charity helping young people to use their past to fix the future, Rebecca Finlay says they should not give up their future.

The 20-year-old Castledawson mum said: “When I was 18, I had my whole life ahead planned. I was going to go to be a teacher, I was going to take a gap year and go to India and then after my A Levels, I found out I was pregnant.

Excerpt from a staff article in u.tv.news- read more

“In that moment I thought my life was over. I just thought I’d ruined everything. I couldn’t see that this baby was going to be a blessing in our lives.