Joyce is back!! January 22, 2012
Over the years, Joyce has been one of our most-loved customer service representatives. About a year and a half ago, she was diagnosed with terminal multiple myeloma cancer, underwent a major operation to remove the cancer, and set on a rigorous course of treatment. Her prognosis was just 2 years to live. It was with sadness all around that she resigned from My Pet Chicken. She’s been missed sorely during that time.
As you’ve probably surmised from this post’s title, Joyce’s story has turned out much happier than we could have dreamed. Her initial response to chemotherapy was so positive that her doctor recommended her to a cutting-edge stem cell treatment program through NC-Chapel Hill, after months of exhaustive tests to make sure she was strong enough for the treatment. The treatment has given her a new prognosis of 10+ years to live, and she’s feeling strong and well enough to return to her post at My Pet Chicken. We’re all beyond thrilled to have her back.
Joyce is thankful to everyone for their well wishes, love and prayers, and especially thankful to her chickens for giving her a reason to live. She knew during her darkest times that her kids and grandkids were strong and would survive without her, but that she just couldn’t leave her chickens.
If you’re lucky enough to catch her on the phone, you’ll note her fine southern charm, feather-smoothing style, and encyclopedic knowledge of chicken care. In her own words, “Every call is an adventure and I get such a kick out of making people feel good and having a good time with them. I have found my place in this world.”
You can send a little love her way, too — she’ll sure appreciate it.