You've probably met someone who has a name that doesn't seem to fit.
Not so for this week's Wednesday's child. Joy couldn't be a more perfect fit.
Maybe you've seen Joy bowling at Lilac Lanes. She's a regular there. The first thing you may notice about her is her beautiful bald head.
She has Alopeica. Alopecia is a condition characterized by the complete loss of hair.
She isn't sick, she just has no hair. That can't be easy for a teenager to deal with.
“I don't care anymore, but I used to be bullied by a boy,” said Joy.
Joy first started losing her hair last year, in 7th grade.
Joy says she will sometimes wear a hate or a wig.
“I have two wigs, a light-up wig that lights up and blinks, and I have a real wig that's blonde.”
Those wigs can get annoying, so she often goes au natural.
So, you mmay get sidetracked by Joy's baldness, but it'll be her smile, humor, and general outlook that will leave an impression.
“I like to have fun, and I have a big imagination.”
One of Joy's favorite things to do is bowling. Joy is also a big Winnie the Pooh fan. She likes going to movies and to Wonderland, where there is a big stuffed animal she'd love to win in the arcade.
When we met, I noticed that someone from her home, instead of just calling her Joy, called her Joyful. It fits her to a tee! But, Joy is also real, with strugles and pain.
“It's really hard to live without my dad right now,” said Joy.
Joy would love to be adopted by a dad and a mom, and be the only kid at home. Joy worries about being an older child who needs to be adopted.
“I know they want a baby, but I can be the little kid they want me to.”
What she is, is just, Joy!
If you'd like information about adopting Joy, you can call Northwest Adoption Exchange at 1-800-927-9