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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At day 14 after my second Islet Transplant at the City of Hope, I still require no external insulin. Recovering well, I’m starting to believe what is happening may really be true. Day 14 – Absorbing The Results Each day brings more surprises: I’m requiring no insulin. I have normal blood sugars. I eat normal […]
For the first time in 35 years as a Type-1 diabetic, three days after my second Islet Transplant at the City of Hope, I require no external insulin. If you’re a Type-1 Diabetic, or know a Type-1, you’ll hopefully understand how impossible this is to comprehend. At three days post-transplant, I’ve now had two days […]
“I am writing to inform you that you have been listed as ACTIVE on the UNOS waitlist as of today, June 10, 2016 at 1:45 pm. We will notify you as soon as we learn of a donor pancreas becoming available.” ….. City of Hope As I read the words in this email, my eyes […]
Approaching 120 days post-transplant, I feel very, very good. No Lows. No Highs. A1C’s in the 5’s. It may not last forever, but it’s pretty sweet right now. Where I Am Now At this point in the clinical trial we have a pretty good idea of how my body is adjusting, and how well the […]
My thoughts at this point center around my confidence in the City of Hope and my transplant team. I am stunned about how they have already changed my life. In a process like this, you are reminded every day of how lucky you are to be part of it – by the disciplines you develop, […]
Insulin – required by diabetics to live – is a prime example of out of control prescription drug costs and a mercenary delivery system.
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.
A few thoughts about the importance of friends during my years with diabetes and my recent islet transplant and recovery.
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 […]
The Islet Transplant surgery was about a one and a half hour procedure. I was awake throughout the entire process, under a mild sedative.
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 […]
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.
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.