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Dear Friends, thanks to the amazing generosity of so many people, I received the miracle of a kidney transplant in April of 2018. This life-saving gift came after seven years on dialysis and nearly ten years after I was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure. I am so, so grateful, and I wish that was the end of my story, but after almost two years without problems, my body is now rejecting that kidney. I need your help again!

Kidney disease leads to many other medical complications and hospitalizations. As I am undergoing tests and as a plan to deal with this new challenge is crafted by my medical team, I’m facing a lot of uncertainty, but trying to keep my spirits up. There is so much I want to live for –my three children and my nine grandchildren (the newest is about to be born tomorrow, Jan 19!!). I want to be able to give back for all the blessings I’ve received. But the cost of staying alive is very high. Despite having insurance, many of my medical needs are not covered and must be paid out-of-pocket. On top of the on-going expenses I’ve been paying, now there will be many new ones.

Updates (16)

December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Happy Holidays to all

I am now Number 3 on the transplant list.

Thank you for all of your support……

January 17, 2017

I received an official letter from Rhode Island Hospital. I am now in the top 10 for transplant (actually #9).

My doctor thinks I should be receiving transplant soon!!

Guestbook

November 27, 2018

I hope this will help you keep that new kidney healthy. - Love, Jan and Bill

Jan Deutsch

November 27, 2018

Hoping the "Giving Tuesday 2018" will give your fund a boost, Joyce!! Where is your update????

Gail Eastwood-Stokes

December 16, 2017

Joyce, I was so happy to hear that you've moved up to #4 on the transplant list!

Nancy Rousseau

December 11, 2017

Joyce, Dave and I are so happy to hear that you are now 4th on the list and hope that you really near getting a new life through the donation of a new kidney!

Rita Pavolka