She was born on 17th June 1988 in Nantes, France on a boiling hot day. She was a beautiful, healthy baby full of life and energy. Her sister Kristel was then 12 and her brother Michael 7 years old; she was the long-awaited baby that her mother had dreamt of for so long, and also a girl, which her mother had wished for so deeply. These dreams and desires, coupled with the age difference between her and her siblings, may well explain some aspects of her personality.

She was the child they had all longed for and she flourished, particularly from all the attention she got from her siblings. Michael and Kristel in their roles as older brother and sister were a constant source of stimulation for her in their games, stories and reading. They participated unknowingly in her early development and her intellectual maturity well in advance of her years.