Personal Stories

Sharing your personal story has benefits to the person telling the story and to those who share a similar experience. If you are willing to share your personal story of living with rare disease please tell us here.

Story of the Month

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Adam’s Story

Never say never… It was suggested I place part of my story on paper as it may help other people with spinocerebellar ataxia. I was diagnosed in 2014 by a neurologist as my gait (the pattern that you walk in) was getting larger, and I was running out of energy. In June 2022, I was […]

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Bridie’s Story

I was diagnosed with Klippel-Trénaunay Syndrome at the age of 14.

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Lucy’s Story

My name is Lucy. I am 49, the mother of two teens and I have Relapsing Polychondritis (RP).

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Ken’s Story

My OPMD journey started 20 years earlier when I was in my 50s.

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Viswanathan’s (Vishy) Story

My story begins with a routine blood test in 2007 before travelling to London on a work trip.

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Leo’s Story

Leo was diagnosed with cone-rod dystrophy in April 2023 at six years of age.

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Ryan’s Story

Two of my brothers, Jack and Lachy, and I were diagnosed with Hennekam Syndrome in 2015.

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Sophie’s Story

In late 2021, I saw a new neurologist who diagnosed me with a neuromuscular junction disorder – most likely seronegative myasthenia gravis.

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Beck’s Story

I was formally diagnosed with Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 36 (SCA36) in 2020 at age 46.

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Laura’s Story

In early 2021, I was diagnosed by accident with Fibrous Dysplasia (FD)/McCune Albright Syndrome (MAS).

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Renae’s Story

I was diagnosed with Epidermolysis Bullosa; the obstetrician noticed I was missing skin on my feet, the front of my legs and the inside of my arms.

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Ava’s Story

At 16 days old, Ava was diagnosed with Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD).

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Lachy’s Story

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) when I was three years old.

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Gisele’s Story

After initially being misdiagnosed based on Gigi's genetic results, we finally received the correct diagnosis of Mosaic trisomy 20.

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Vanessa’s Story

I was born in Wollongong, New South Wales in 1971. I was induced as I was two weeks overdue and severely jaundiced at birth. My mother and father had Rh- and O+ blood types. I had a blood transfusion and was christened at birth. I was eventually diagnosed with congenital panhypopituitarism at 13. After a […]

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Joan’s Story

I am a 75-year-old woman born with Poland Syndrome.

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Matthew’s Story

I was diagnosed at the age of three after a trip to the local general practitioner where the dark spots on my lips were noticed.

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Jacob’s Story

It was July 2020 and our son, Jacob, was 21 months old when his epilepsy journey began.

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Claudia’s Story

In 2013, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called scleroderma that, on average, affects 6,000 Australians.

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Adrian’s Story

In 2021, I turned 50-years-old and decided it was time something was done about Poland Syndrome.

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Emma’s Story

Emma is one of eight children in Australia with a rare condition called Ohdo syndrome.

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Abbey’s Story

Severe chronic idiopathic neutropenia impacts my life in a lot of ways.

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Danielle’s Story

I was diagnosed on Friday 26 July in 2015 by accident. I headed to hospital with chest pains.

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Janna’s Story

I have a clinical diagnosis of hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS).

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Kathryn’s Story

It was early 2018 when I was diagnosed with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) associated vasculitis.

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Catherine’s Story

I was formally diagnosed with Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) in 1980 at the age of 11.

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Jemima’s Story

I always knew that my little brother Caleb was special. He’d had two heart surgeries by the age of 7.

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Kate’s Story

It was a strange sensation; a distinct but not painful feeling in my left eye which lasted for a few minutes.

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Naomi’s Story

I’ve always known that I’ve been different because of stares from both children and adults.

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Gabriela’s Story

We welcomed to the world our little warrior, Gabriela, in June 2016.

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Frankie’s Story

Frankie was born healthy and passed all in vitro tests and her newborn checks and scans.

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Tim’s Story

My name is Tim and I was formally diagnosed with Adult-onset Still’s disease (Still’s disease) in 2016 at the age of 22.

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Belinda’s Story

Belinda has an extremely rare partial chromosomal deletion.

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Dean’s Story

When I was born, I was given a life expectancy of five. I’ve now just turned 40.

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Tim’s Story

Back in 2014, I was a super-fit 40-year-old who had left life as a personal trainer and Ironman Triathlete behind to join the Royal Australian Airforc

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Lloyd’s Story

Our journey began when Lloyd was around eight months old. We noticed something ‘wasn’t quite right’ developmentally with Lloyd.

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Angelina’s Story

Angelina is six years old. Her smile lights up her mummy and daddy’s heart each day.

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Hudson’s Story

Meet Hudson, a typical toddler with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Learn about his journey through the eyes of his parents.

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Damian’s Story

My name is Damian Slater and in 2008, I was diagnosed with Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) at 35 years of age – just six months after I was married.

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Brooke’s Story

Most stories about Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) start from a young age. My story is different. I was diagnosed at the age of 29.

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Andrew’s Story

Andrew is 28-years-old and was formally diagnosed with a complex Cortical brain malformation when he was 17 called Periventricular nodular heterotopia

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Lachy’s Story

Genetic testing unveiled a mutation on the SCN2A gene which is almost certainly causing Lachy’s severe autism, intellectual disability and hypotonic c

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William’s Story

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD)is an inherited disorder of the moving cilia. Mummy found out I had this disorder 24 hours after I was born as I had t

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April’s Story

My health declined for 12 months before I was diagnosed with Addison’s Disease.

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Ebony’s Story

My name is Ebony and I live with intestinal failure and require home parenteral nutrition.

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Peter’s Story

It was in 1963 at the age of three years old that I was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anaemia. I spent a lot of time in and out of hospital with my paren

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Lylah’s Story

When Lylah was born, our worst fear was confirmed as soon as we laid eyes on our little girl - Lylah had Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)

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Adam’s Story

As a 36-year-old young man who has endured a lifetime of physical skeletal pain, trying to live a normal life has been rather impossible.

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Tracy’s Story

At the end of 2016, I was changing insurance companies and the new company sent me for blood tests.

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Eva’s Story

On the 21st December, 2015 Eva was born. Instantly, things were not right. I was laying awake in the hospital listening to other babies cry but mine d

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Tino’s Story

In the rare disease space, we cannot underestimate the importance of international collaboration and linkages.

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Jodie’s Story

I have a unique type of intestinal failure (IF) called Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction (CIPO).

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Lily’s Story

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), also known as ‘Brittle Bone Disease’ or ‘Glass Bone Disease’.

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Jessica’s Story

My name is Jessica. I was diagnosed at 8-years-old with a rare disease called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type 6 or Kyphoscoliotic Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (

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Louise’s Story

How to live half a life. I only live life a little bit. Not to the fullest, not with gusto and excitement.

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Grace’s Story

I'm submitting this story for my daughter Grace who is 9-years-old. Grace was diagnosed in October 2017 with idiopathic pulmonary hypertension (IPH).

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Vince’s Story

This is a hereditary disease (ATTR60Ala and 80Ala) that progresses slowly but is incurable.

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Naomi’s Story

I don’t look sick, well, mostly I suppose. Until you see me stumble... or notice that I am not around much anymore.

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