“After struggling with Type 1 Diabetes for 25 years, I received an islet cell transplant in 2008 which has transformed my health and my life.”
I write about my islet cell transplant experience in an attempt to inform people about this option. I was a struggling with Type 1 for 25 years despite following my diet, exercising, using a pump and a CGM. After my transplant, I enjoyed two years of being free of insulin. Now, I take about 8 units/day and am hoping that my new islets will last until the next phase of the cure is available. I candidly describe my experience with the immunosuppression as well as any other bumps in the road that are a part of being involved in a clinical trial.
I am also a JDRF Advocate.