Both born with a neuromuscular condition called Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy 2I, Cyanne and Zia are in their mid 20s and have an amazing look on life. They are bright and intelligent young ladies who have a great sense of humour and against all odds they just keep smiling.
Hola! My name is Cyanne Westerman, I am the eldest twin! The black sheep of the family, whilst my sister is the llama (between you and me Alpaca’s are the cuter looking species).
I do not know what I want to be when I grow up. I have studied architecture and interior design but my interests lay in art. I cannot study this subject because it is not available in my small city and it is not done externally so I make it one of my hobbies. I also enjoy reading … who am I kidding? I love reading! I mean, I read lots.
I am part of two different groups to help Whyalla become more accessible for people with disabilities, such as Whyalla Access Group and Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).
I am also fundraising money for a new van with my sister as our current van is very unreliable and I am not able to travel with my family for doctors appointments or pleasure.
I am also learning Spanish. For no particular reason except it is fun!
I have a yard full of animals. Although I really want a panther, but I guess that is out of the question! I have funky tastes in music: Kerli, Halestorm, Icon for Hire, Bullet for my Valentine, Skillet, Breaking Benjamin, Flyleaf, Thousand Foot Krutch, Trapt and Lindsey Stirling.
I hope you enjoy our blog! It is dedicated to our lives and I hope to inspire you!
My name is Zia. The weird and quiet one who types too loudly on her keyboard, according to Cyanne.
These past few years I have changed dramatically and I am happy where I am in life.
In 2014 I completed an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing) via TafeSA, and was awarded the Society of Editors (SA) Award for Highest Achievement in Editing. In the same year, I enrolled in a Professional Editing and Proofreading course via Open Colleges, which I also completed that year with a Certificate.
In 2016 I completed a Certificate 4 in Small Business Management and started my own editing business called Wondrous Words with Zia.
At the beginning of 2017 I started studying a Certificate 4 in Legal Services via TafeSA.
As a member of the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). I, and about 15 other people aged between 12 and 25, work closely with Council members, attend Council meetings, voice our concerns and opinions for local young people in the city, and plan and organise events.
I am part of the Disability Advisory Group where I get to share my thoughts and opinions about how to make the city more accessible for people with disabilities.
I am a member of the Whyalla Writers’ Group and I get to contribute by updating and organising the website, which is looking fabulous so far. In 2016 we published a book called Tales of Cuttlefish Joe. Since joining the group my enthusiasm to write has flourished.
My hobbies include having a scented candle — or Scentsy — burning at all times, reading, writing, editing, drawing, teaching myself Spanish and listening to loud music (Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling) and drinking coffee.
My dream is to have Changing Places spread across the world, and have an Alpaca as a pet.
I hope we can entertain you with our blog. Happy reading!