Descriptions of the various stages through the entire process in a pancreatic islet transplant, from initial decision through surgery and recovery.

Dear Type-1 Diabetes: It’s been 4 years, and I’ve now almost forgotten you

Dear Type-1 Diabetes,

I know you probably won’t care, but I thought I’d tell you a little about what things have been like since I’ve learned to live without you.  It’s been a long 4 years since the start of our breakup, and almost 40 since you first came into my life.  I’m now starting to remember what things were like before I met you.

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City of Hope - Duarte, CA

Video – Briskin Center for Clinical Research

I was very happy to be a small part of this video for the Judy & Bernard Briskin Center for Clinical Research at City of Hope.

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City of Hope - Duarte, CA - Roger Sparks

News and Breakthroughs – My City of Hope Transplant

Feeling very privileged to find my story on City of Hope’s website about Type-1 Diabetes under News and Breakthroughs as they work to find a cure.

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City of Hope - Duarte, CA - Roger Sparks

Type-1 Diabetes – City of Hope – My Personal 3-Year Miracle

This is a presentation I recently made at a City of Hope event summarizing my 3 years in a Clinical Trial for Type-1 Diabetes.  It’s my personal 3-year miracle.

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YinYang - Immunosuppression - Roger Sparks

2 1/2 Years: No Insulin + Immunosuppression – The Yin Yang Of An Islet Transplant

After 2 1/2 years, I am still living a dream I never thought possible. The most frequent questions I am asked about my pancreatic islet transplant are about how my life has changed and what about immunosuppression? Here are some answers and a little perspective.

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September 2017 Blood Sugar Numbers - Roger Sparks

September 2017 Blood Sugar Numbers – Still Wow

My September 2017 blood sugar numbers remain quite amazing. For Type-1 Diabetics, and our friends and family, it shows what is possible for all of us.

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9 Months After Transplant - Roger Sparks

9 Months Post Transplant – No Insulin – No Complications – Lots of Gratitude

9 months post transplant, I’m still living totally without insulin or complications.  This is a quick update on my status, as I am filled with gratitude and thanks to so many.

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Roger Sparks - Six Months - Islet Transplant

Six Months After My Islet Transplant – Each Day Is a Gift

Six months after my pancreatic islet transplant, I’m living totally without insulin. After 35 years with Type-1 Diabetes, each day is a breathtaking gift.

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September 2016 Blood Sugar Numbers - Roger Sparks

September 2016 Blood Sugar Numbers – Wow

My September 2016 blood sugar numbers are quite amazing. For Type-1 Diabetics, and our friends and family, it shows what is possible for all of us.

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September 2016 Blood Sugar Numbers - Islet Transplant

90 Days With No Insulin – But Who’s Counting?

A Type-1 Diabetic for 35 years, I no longer take insulin and my life has abruptly and dramatically changed – all because of a City of Hope Clinical Trial.

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