Zahra has two older her sisters with a condition called Microcephaly, a neurodevelopmental disorder.Both her sisters are unable to walk, talk and require 24hr care and attention.Zahra has, together with her parents, always been involved in the daily care of her sisters. Growing up during school years was difficult.Zahra always felt different from her friends at a time when she just wanted to be the same as everyone else and had to learn not to compare her life with others.She felt horribly isolated particularly when she had to stay indoors to help care for her sisters. At age 11 she was diagnosed with Turner 's syndrome and developed a severe speech impediment which has caused her to stammer throughout her younger years and into adulthood too.Despite all adversity she wanted to succeed in life.Following university education she progressed on PhD level and now on to post doctoral research. A career in optometry has enabled Zahra to make a difference to the quality of life of people and still be available to help at home.Her research interest of 'vision screening in the older population' has enabled her to improve the quality of life of many older people.Zahra has presented her research at international conferences and conquer the deepest fear of speaking in public. Despite all the trials and tribulations thus far in her life, coupled with home and career responsibilities, she enjoys Ballroom and Latin dancing and has been awarded medals over the past 4 years.