Joyce's Story

Doctors told Joyce she only had two and a half years to live, she shares her story of healing and hope.

Doctors told Joyce she only had two and a half years to live, she shares her story of healing and hope.

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I'd accepted that I may not get healed
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and I may die
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and I'd come to that place
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where well, if that happens, if that's your will, God
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then I need to be right with you.
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My name's Joyce and this is my story.
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I went to the doctor's about 2010
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with the symptoms and for two years
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they couldn't find anything wrong.
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I eventually saw a specialist
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who said no, it's not that,
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idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, IPF
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and the diagnosis for that was 2.5 years
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to three years left to live.
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And the only help they could give me
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was a lung transplant, a double lung transplant
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but they said, the hospital said don't expect,
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don't build up any hope
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because you may not get one.
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When I first found out,
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it was obviously it was like a death sentence
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and when you're given that,
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and told you've got 2.5 years left to live,
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it robs you of your future.
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I did have a great faith in God,
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I still do and I knew that I wanted to glorify God.
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If was going to be ill,
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I wanted to glorify God in my illness.
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And I knew I had a choice.
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We're told and the Bible tells us finish well,
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run the race and finish well
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and I knew that I had to finish well
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and that was the choice I made.
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Up until about 2014 I slowly declined.
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I ended up on oxygen for 24 hours a day, extra oxygen.
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Some days I was in a wheelchair
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and most of the time I just couldn't move from the chair.
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So, coming up to Christmas December 2013,
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I was very, very poorly
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and we decided it would probably be my last Christmas
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and I woke up on Christmas Day with a chest infection
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and I knew that would affect my chances
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of having that call and being on the list,
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so I phoned them up
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and spoke to a transplant coordinator called Katie
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and I explained the situation
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and she said no, and go and get the antibiotics, Joyce
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she said because just think,
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this time next week I could be ringing you
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to say happy New Year, Joyce,
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we think we've got you some new lungs
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and if you're on antibiotics that won't happen.
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So, I went to see my doctor on the 27th,
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he gave me a five-day course of antibiotics
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which was less than normal.
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I took the last tablet on New Year's Eve
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and at 20 past five on New Year's Day morning
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the phone went and I answered the call
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and it was the same Katie from the hospital
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who said have you taken your antibiotics, Joyce?
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Are they finished?
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And I said yeah, and she said well,
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happy New Year, we think we've got you some new lungs,
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you need to come in straightaway.
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Death is inevitable
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and it's something that we've all got in common.
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I've been so blessed.
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God's given me a second chance,
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I've received that gift
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and I've had the second chance
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but I know one day that it will be time to go home
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and I just wanted my relationship with God to be right
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and I know when I get called home
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I do have a home to go to and I've got that hope.
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As Christians, we have that hope
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that life on earth isn't the end,
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we've got more, we've got eternity.