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Joyce found out she was in stage 5 kidney failure in December of 2010 while 25 weeks pregnant with her daughter NaChelle.

One week later NaChelle was born via emergency c-section weighing in at 1lb 6oz. Then the transplant journey began. Two years later Joyce was successfully transplanted.

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December 12, 2023

Joyce received a kidney transplant on April 30, 2021 from a young male deceased donor in Texas. It was a great match with some surgical aftercare complications, but she made it. Medicare coverage only lasts 3 years post transplant. She planned out her goals for the next 3 years. She gave herself one year to heal, one year to go back to school to further her education, and one year to find an office job with insurance coverage. In August of 2022, Joyce began a Business and Medical Administration Program at her local Votech. She had a minor outpatient procedure during Thanksgiving break, that resulted in her contracting Covid and missing much of her December classes. Luckily she made it through and held her scholarship as well. She received many awards and placed in many State level competitions she competed in that Spring. Joyce completed her courses May 17 2023 with an A grade average. The following day, she began a new career in Human Resources assisting in payroll as well.

Life still comes with challenges, but she's tackling them all one day at a time. Joyce is now a full time employee and mom, with a daughter about to become a teenager. She is forever thankful to all of you who donated your time, prayers, thoughts, funds, encouragements, and kind words thorough such a trying time. Thank you to HelpHopeLive who continues to help to this day through the thoughtful donations of all of you. Let us all never forget that organ donation saves lives. Thank you to the family of that young man whose hardest sacrifice to make was the greatest of blessings to Joyce and her family. Without you, the story would have ended and her child wouldn't have Joyce to raise her now.

November 30, 2020

It's been a while since we updated. Joyce is officially on the transplant list. YAY! Because she is going to be harder to match this time, last week she was put on the national transplant list, giving her access to a much larger pool of possible donors. The pandemic has slowed down the testing process, but we are hopeful that a match is found soon.

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July 30, 2019

Love ya!

Russell Baggett

July 30, 2019

Glad to help an amazing person, with a great cause.
Big hugs!

David Grote

June 19, 2019

Now we can start testing, kiddo!

Randy Ryans