Rachel Martin, in Castleconnell, Co Limerick, with her dog, Misty. Rachel has Loeys-Dietz syndrome, which was discovered only in 2005. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

I was born with a cleft palate, a split uvula and was a very “floppy” baby. I’m still “floppy” today. I’ve no core strength, but as an adult I can ma(...)

Jane Marson. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick.

Jane Marson had a cold. One of those annoying, run-of-the-mill colds that just refuses to budge. Not that the teenager was too bothered – after all, i(...)