Insulin - Drug Cost - Roger Sparks

Insulin & Prescription Drug Costs

Insulin – required by diabetics to live – is a prime example of out of control prescription drug costs and a mercenary delivery system.

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Islet Transplant - Day 75 - Roger Sparks

Transplant Status – Day 75

At day 75, an A1C blood test in the 5’s illustrates the potential life change this clinical trial offers Type-1 diabetics. But decisions remain for me.

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A little help from my friends - Roger Sparks - Diabetes

A Little Help From My Friends

A few thoughts about the importance of friends during my years with diabetes and my recent islet transplant and recovery.

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The Bonnie Sher Show - Roger Sparks

The Bonnie Sher Show – March 2016

The Bonnie Sher Show, Boomer Life is a live 50‐minute Internet radio and podcast program dedicated to a generation of Americans who continue to be a major force for social change and poster children for independence and self‐expression.

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Pancreatic Islet Transplant Blog - Blood - Roger Sparks

Transplant Recovery – First 2 Months

Blood samples, drug changes, monitoring, and visits to the City of Hope dominated the first two months post-surgery.  In addition to taking lots of drugs, three times a day, I had to carefully record them in a drug diary, monitor all the food I ate, test my blood sugar levels, and carefully note any reaction I was having to the medication.

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Pancreatic Islet Transplant - Injection - Roger Sparks

Transplant Surgery

The Islet Transplant surgery was about a one and a half hour procedure. I was awake throughout the entire process, under a mild sedative.

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City of Hope - Duarte, CA - Roger Sparks

Making The Transplant Decision

I first contacted the City of Hope (COH), Duarte, California, in May, 2015, about their clinical trial that I had found on the internet. This video – from a patient in one of their earlier trials, several years ago – hit all my hot buttons, and convinced me that I wanted to find out more about what they were doing.

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Diabetic Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia – For Family & Friends

If you are involved with a Type-1 diabetic, or have a friend or family member with diabetes, it’s very important to understand hypoglycemia – low blood sugars – and what to do when you see them happen.

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How an Insulin Pump Works

Life With Type-1 Diabetes

I have had Type-1 Diabetes for over 35 years. This means my pancreas produces no insulin, and I require daily external injections of insulin to survive.

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