NORTHCOTT Disability Services client Rebecca Donatiello celebrated World Cerebral Day last Wednesday.
Ms Donatiello, who lives in Prairiewood, serves as a NSW government Living Life My Way ambassador.
She is one of 17 million people throughout the world who have cerebral palsy, which has no known cure.
It affects movement that ranges from weakness in one hand to an almost complete lack of voluntary movement.
Ms Donatiello uses an iPad and phone to communicate, and her story is one of achievement through perseverance.
"What matters to me is being able to live and enjoy a good life," she said.
"I am a young woman who loves people and family and getting out and about.
"I am never afraid to attempt something different."
Work keeps Ms Donatiello busy.
Not only does she do paid work for Immigration Western Sydney, providing administration support, but she also does work experience at an animal shelter.
"I enjoy my job and I also like volunteering," she said.
She has a hobby — scrapbooking.
"Most of all, I enjoy my iPad and my Samsung Galaxy phone as they both allow me to communicate and be independent," Ms Donatiello said.
But no matter how independent she is in life and how much she is achieving, she still has hopes and dreams.
"I would love to travel around the world, particularly Italy and America," she said.
"I also want to do a writing course and become even more independent."
Apart from family and friends, an important person in Ms Donatiello's life is her partner, Quang Nguyen, who also has cerebral palsy.
"I met Quang in preschool and we have been dating for about six months," she said.
"Although we fuss and fight every day, I still love him for being supportive."