Lifestyle

Chaotic year for Shontae

September marks three years since 4 year old Shontae Denniss was disagnosed with Rett syndrome.
September marks three years since 4 year old Shontae Denniss was disagnosed with Rett syndrome. Christopher Chan

THE LAST three years have been a rollercoaster of doctors, specialists and therapists.

Shontae Denniss was just a toddler when she was given a life-changing diagnosis in September 2009.

She is living with Rett syndrome, rare debilitating condition which affects her motor and speech skills.

It has been a constant battle for her mother Michelle who said as she gets older, it gets harder.

"This year has been the hardest," she said.

Shontae has begun to have problems with her breathing and spent Christmas day in Hospital after turning blue.

"You get over one hurdle and there is another one to jump," said Michelle.

Unable to speak, Shontae has begun to learn choice cards to communicate.

Michelle will hold up colourful pictures which imply simple notions such as yes or no and Shontae will point at one.

Next month will be her fifth birthday and her family plan to have a big celebration to mark the milestone.

"Every day is a bonus, every birthday is huge."

Michelle is so thankful to the Gladstone community who has rallied together in support over the last three years.

"She changes people somehow," Michelle said.

"It's not easy but she's mine, she is the light of our lives."
 

Topics:  family health rett syndrome



Why Australia Day must no longer be on January 26

Australian Flag.

Marking Jan 26 had always been about commemorating British arrival.

Australia Day: Things to do in the Clarence

UP THEY GO: The NSW, Australian and Aboriginal flags begin to rise on Australia Day.

Barbecues, billy carts and flag raisings

Local Partners

ALS stalwart calls it a day

The Aboriginal Legal Service has admitted it will struggle to fill the shoes of its Clarence Valley court liaison officer Avery Brown.


Festival director joins stars at Sundance

ACTION: Wendy Gibbs, director of the Bent Bridge Film Festival, before heading off to the Sundance Film Festival in the US.

Rubbing shoulders with celebrities at film festival

5 things to do this weekend

Lower Clarence Relay for Life Swim

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Positive signs for Clarence Valley property market

Yamba had the most expensive units and houses over the year to October.

Yamba houses sell for median of $500,000 each

Age no barrier to buying your first home

Older first home buyers are an increasing segment of the housing market.

Older buyers are a growing segment of the first home buyer market

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Rates safe from land value hike

DRIVING GROWTH: The Pacific Highway upgrade has been linked to improved land values.

Figures up in latest valuer-general report

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!