Joey was our very first patient.
She received 3 islet transplants in 2005.
She has been off insulin for nearly 14 years!
Well deserved cupcake Joey!
"I was just enjoying my day here at school. Having fun with my class and loving life, as the saying goes... and I realized that today was October 13. And Friday the 13th, no less. It was 13 years ago today that I got my final transplant and became insulin free!!
I still can't believe how lucky I am that I was blessed with such an incredible team of people to take me on this journey that life has dealt me.
Without you, I have no doubt that my life would have skidded sideways with no good end. Today, I don't even think about my diabetes with any regularity. I feel free! I don't know what the record for insulin independence is, but I hope to surpass everyone!
Thank you for everything that you do!! I appreciate it all more than you will ever know!"
I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how I am feeling. This past weekend, I hit a major goal of my life. My daughter graduated from high school. To most, that wouldn’t be anything too amazing. But to me, it is nothing short of a miracle! I remember all too well, how I had come to the decision of participating in the research study. There were too many close calls with my chronic lows, and I know in the bottom of my heart that I wouldn’t have made it to this day. She has graduated with honors, and is off to study civil engineering. I’m hopeful that there will be many more milestones ahead of us. The gift of hope is an amazing thing. Simply amazing! I’m not sure that you can comprehend on your end, but the gift that you’ve given me, and the support that I feel, are life altering! I live most days without even thinking about my past. Even now, on insulin, I know that I am in the best of hands. I will get past these days, or accept my new reality which is far from where I originally came. My future is so bright, and I thank you every day! I hope you know how truly wonderful you are!
With the highest regard,