I no longer live with my mother, I have not seen her since I became sick in Year 7. My parents used to fight a lot, so she stopped caring for me when she left. I really miss living with my mom and siblings, but I am not allowed to live with them anymore. My sickness is also very contagious so not a lot of kids like to play with me and don’t come up to me anymore. I am resistant to the medications that I am given and it makes my legs swell up. It’s hard to be sick and not have a mother to take care of you, but I have 9 siblings and each of them to protect and care for me. Because of this, I want to be a nurse when I am older, so that I can care for people who are in the same situation as me.

Othusitse, 15

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