WAGGA youngster Charlotte Waring's epilepsy robbed her of four years of cricket, but her resilience is contagious.
Her family has endured plenty of hardship - with mother Catherine Nugent dealing with a number of medical issues - and with six kids the budget is thin.
But Waring, 16, is determined to repay the effort her family has made to allow her to play first grade women's cricket in Canberra.
She has aspirations of playing for Australia.
But her perspective in getting her epilepsy under control and treating playing cricket as a bonus is impressive.
Waring was on medication aged 10 to 12, then had to wait a further two years to be legally declared seizure free.
She is now vice-captain for a women's side at Ginninderra in Canberra, and is boarding at Canberra Girls Grammar School.
It's an expensive exercise for Nugent given the significant health challenges she faces herself, but seeing Waring happy is her reward.
"I've been suffering Tonic-Clonic seizures and they can't get them under control and I have absence seizures as well," Nugent said.
"That made driving and travel for me virtually impossible.
"(In early 2020) I had an MRI done and the initial reason was to check on my aneurysm repair.
"They found bilateral white matter disease, which is essentially early onset dementia.
"If I could pack up and move to Canberra, I would have done it in a heartbeat.
"An opportunity to play first grade women's cricket, you can't get that in regional or northern NSW.
"Charlotte got a message when Canberra cricket announced they were introducing a first grade women's competition that was going to be inclusive of the (ACT) Meteors players.
"I said to Charlotte if I can find the funding, I'll sell the shirt off my back for my kids."
After being given the green light to play cricket Waring eventually found a home at Kooringal Colts last season.
They took her under their wing and allowed her to participate in men's training sessions.
She played some third and fourth grade cricket before making the switch to the capital at Ginninderra this year alongside good friend and fellow Colts player Perri Nash.
"The Colts cricket club and the Nash family and Footy (head coach Craig Footman), they've gone above and beyond because I've got numerous disabilities that add up to having a full time carer at all times," Nugent said.
"Ben (Whitby) was the first coach she got (at Colts).
"He welcomed her in and gave her a leg up and it was like she'd been with the team the whole season."
Nugent said her daughter was offered big opportunities in soccer and Australian Rules, but cricket has always been her passion.
Even during the four years she couldn't play, Waring showed great maturity throughout a tough situation.
"She was like 'it's OK mum there's always next year, hopefully I'll be off the medication'," Nugent said.
"The medication stopped her seizures immediately.
"It worked really well and then they had to wait another two years coming off the two years with the medication to officially declare her seizure free.
"I said to Charlotte you've got to try and play as many games as you can, because you're doing this against girls who have played since they were ten or 11."
The family has applied for a scholarship, but that won't come into effect until 2023 should she be chosen.
In April they will apply for a means-tested bursary, which will subsidise her boarding and tuition, while a GoFundMe account has also been set up.
The bursary would be a godsend for a family with many other health and financial obstacles to overcome.
Waring said she would have been simply happy to get her epilepsy under control, let alone play cricket for the past two years.
"I wanted to play cricket for years and years, I knew if I couldn't get my epilepsy under control it wasn't going to happen," she said.
"The seizures got worse and the side effects from medication got progressively worse.
"I was happy just to get the epilepsy under control, I don't even need to play sport.
"But the last two years have been amazing, to get away from that and be able to play."
She said the support Colts have provided has helped give her the belief that she can play cricket at a high level.
"Craig Footman when he joined the club saw how much potential Perri and I had and made us a priority," she said.
"He told us to come to men's training and he pushed us further.
"Having the confidence from the Colts team gave me confidence to play in the school teams."
Despite starting the game later than others her age, Waring has represented the Riverina and Footman is adamant she has the ability to go further.
"She's very mature, to overcome the setbacks the family has had. If she doesn't play for NSW at some stage I'll eat my shoe," Footman said.
"Because they're not that well off financially I've been coaching here with no charge, just because she's a gun and you don't want it to go to waste.
"She's 100 per cent coachable and just a sponge in terms of wanting to get better and has the right attitude.
"Even at the age of 14 she had a saving accounts and was working.
"Myself and Brett Davies, who is from QX3 Sports, we provided her with a full kit for this year.
"She's a lovely kid, an all-rounder and she has great scope as an attacking bat and also an opening or first change bowler.
"To see her grow has been magnificent from a coaching experience.
"But it's a two-way street. She's also taught me stuff from a human perspective on resilience."