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From birth, Mrs Artemis' skull was fusing prematurely, causing intense pressure on her brain, severe headaches and sickness.
By the time she became a Telethon child, aged 12 in 1998, she had had five operations to crack and reset her skull so her brain could grow.
Thankfully, two-year-old Jude and nine-month-old Archer appear to be unaffected by their mother's rare medical history.
But Telethon holds a new meaning for Mrs Artemis.
"As a parent now I see it's important even more that the WA community is able to come together every year and get such an amazing result," she said.
"(The biggest thing) is for people to never get complacent that this is a well-supported fundraiser. While Telethon has achieved so much, there's so much more to be able to achieve."
Mrs Artemis, then Tamara Brereton, said she remembers being shocked to be chosen as a Telethon child and the thrill of seeing the fundraising total revealed.
After her first operation at age 12 months, Mrs Artemis was bedridden for several years and missed out much of her early schooling.
Her condition baffled doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital who did experimental and exploratory surgery to remove pieces of her skull to release the intense pressure on her brain.
But aside from the odd "loose screw" or scar treatment, Mrs Artemis said she appeared to have grown out of her condition.
Cassandra Domjahn still suffers with cystic fibrosis - a genetic, life-shortening condition that clogs organs, particularly the lungs and pancreas, daily with mucus.
The 21-year-old has fond memories of being a Telethon child as a four-year-old in 1996, and even being a patient at Princess Margaret Hospital. "The only thing I remember was meeting all the stars and being filmed. It was fun," she said.
Like most cystic fibrosis sufferers, Ms Domjahn's illness has worsened over the years.
"In the last couple of years I've noticed a change. I get unwell quickly and easily. It's deterioration in some respects," she said.
She has learnt to manage her illness at home in Mullaloo, giving herself antibiotics intravenously, and has not let her illness stop her.
She has been to TAFE, completed a make-up artistry course and done a road trip in northern Australia.
Twins Holly and Chloe Kneale became the youngest Telethon children aged just two in 2000.
It was by no means the first, or most impressive, record the twins had broken. Believed to be WA's smallest surviving identical twins, the Mindarie sisters were born four months prematurely. Holly weighed 615g and Chloe 705g.
Holly was on a ventilator for four months and needed four operations, including eye surgery.
It was seven weeks before Joanne Kneale and her husband Dez could hold Holly and five months before the new parents could be sure their girls would come home with them.
Mrs Kneale said it was an honour for the twins to be chosen as Telethon children, even if they were too young to remember it.
"We will always be thankful for what they've done for us. Telethon is just an awesome way for people in WA to show their gratitude," she said.