SHE is bubbly, chatty and full of joy.
Joyce Mzolo (18) was born with brittle bones disease and was not supposed to live longer than 10 days.
“I was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bones disease, which means my bones can break really easily.
“It can be hard to get around and I’ve had to endure a lot of pain. As a result I had to stop going to school in 2007. In 2011 I went back to say goodbye to all my friends who were graduating to high school.”
The spirited Mzolo says she would never have survived without the support of her foster family, headed by Pam and Collin Boakes.
“I’m motivated just by seeing my siblings. Every day I see them I say to myself: ‘Okay ja, let’s do this. They have been very helpful throughout my life’,” she said.
“I tried to go back to school the following year, but faced a lot of challenges as I got really sick and was in a lot of pain so I came back home. However, one cannot remain despondent in life.
“I’ve had some wonderful experiences, like when I got to see Justin Bieber in 2013, and also last year for my birthday I went to the One Direction concert, which was amazing.
“I’m very interested in artistic expression. I do some nail art and have a huge passion for photography.
“I enjoy capturing life’s random moments. I think it’s very important to be able to preserve memories. I’m more afraid of frogs than I am of anything else in the world. If there was a snake anywhere I would still be okay, but if there was a frog in the room, that would be the end of me.
“So my biggest fear is frogs. That and people sitting on my pillow, I just can’t handle that.”