As a caregiver, she gave her time to help other people pass from this world, providing the kind of love and comfort at the end of their lives that can only come from someone with an unyielding heart, and a deep connection to a higher power.
She gave time, love and effort to her children and grandchildren, tirelessly. From raising four children on her own, in an effort that was described by her as joyful, exhausting and desperate on numerous occasions, she never gave up, on giving.
In her final year, much of which she spent in the hospital, she gave her body and blood every night (much of it only borrowed from donors) so that doctors could better understand this disease.
In her hospital stay, she gave assorted candy & jewelry to the slew of compassionate nurses that were there to take care of her, and brought smiles to their faces, simply with the smile on her own face & the joy in her heart.
Towards the end, when options were limited, she chose to take part in an experimental study drug, so that even in her final act, she gave her life in the hopes that she could do something to help other patients survive the dreadful disease that she couldn’t.
She passed away on September 27th, surrounded by her children, and left this Earth with their encouragement and blessing.
To try and articulate who Joyce was in words feels impossible because words simply can’t. She had an almost tangible light inside of her that radiated outward; this was the light that she unselfishly shared with all those who were lucky enough to cross her path.
When she first underwent chemotherapy and spent 30 days in the hospital, we decided to do a Gofundme to help cover the expenses. The only time we witnessed her cry during that time was when she found out that people had the heart to contribute. She couldn’t believe that so many gave, stating: “I can’t believe so many people care about me” and her eternal gratitude showed in the tears on her face.
We want to give our mother the final respect that she deserves. We are asking for help to cover the costs for memorial services, cremation, and other expenses. We ask that people please give if you can, please share if you can’t. It only seems fitting that we continue her tradition and legacy of giving, because if there’s one thing she taught us, it’s that even when it doesn’t seem like it, there’s always something left to give, even if that something is just love.
We love you mom; thank you for sharing your light with us.
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