"I had a kidney/pancreas transplant 8 years ago. The kidney took but the pancreas rejected with in the first month. I was in ICU for 3 1/2 months after my transplant on a ventilator in a drug induced coma. I have been wanting to try for the pancreas…"
"I am a Type 1 insulin dependant diabetic. I have been a diabetic for 43 years. My kidneys failed because of my diabetes. I have used an insulin pump for the last 10 + years. I am happy to answer any questions about the long term effects of this…"
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I believe you learn so much from other people that are in the same situation
Which Transplant Center has or will perform your life saving surgery?
Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY
Share how your transplant experience changed your life?
I was very very sick after my transplant and was in the hospital for almost 4 months. 3 1/2 of those months was spent in Intensive Care on a ventlator in a drug induced coma. Survivng that has helped me see that every moment is a bonus and life is GREAT! The love and support that I received while I was sick was astounding.
Share whatever information you want us to know about you
I have been very hesitant to share my story with other transplant (or future transplant) people because of how sick I was. I'm not able to tell a nice story about waking up and feeling great and how fast the recovery was. I felt fine for 24 hours and then ended up in ICU. I had several setbacks while I was in Intensive Care and the pancreas I received eventually rejected and was removed. The kidney I received is working very well. My post transplant life is great. I work full time and enjoy life to the fullest. I have a wonderful husband that I love dearly. I'm so glad I am able to live life without dialysis. The grace of God saw me through my illness and I vow to never take anything for granted.
Share your interests and hobbies
I like reading, cooking,listening to the blues and motorcycle riding (I am the passenger, not the driver).