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Joyce McMullen of Milltown reflects on her connection to organ donation and transplantation.

Joyce McMullen is truly a fighter and survivor. It was 25 years ago when Joyce received a successful kidney transplant that saved her life after struggling for many years with serious health concerns.

“My kidney transplant gave our family a whole new outlook on what a normal life could be,” said Joyce. “I was able to be a wife and mother who felt energetic and healthy. Thanks to my kidney donor, I was able to be a part of my daughter Kristen’s entire childhood. I watched her graduate with a master’s degree and go on to a successful career.”

While Joyce’s transplanted kidney still has some limited function, she is currently on dialysis and awaiting another kidney transplant. Her past health challenges have given her strength and hope for a better tomorrow.

“I have never taken life for granted, and I am forever grateful of the support of my husband, Michael, and our daughter,” said Joyce. “I continue to pray and stay positive that I will see more sunsets and be able to spend more time with my family and friends.”

Joyce also finds inspiration and comfort in some of her favorite song lyrics from The Rolling Stones:

You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime
You’ll find
You get what you need

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