and his Harley
Keith received a kidney and pancreas transplant at the same time, but his pancreas graft failed right away.
Afterwards, his kidney graft worked well, but he was still struggling with blood glucose control. An A1c of 11 would eventually damage his kidney graft, heart, eyes, & feet.
He received two islet transplants and has been off insulin so far for over 3 years with A1c around 6.
I became diabetic when I was 5 years old ...growing up as a child I played all kinds of sports (like football, hockey and baseball) just like all my friends but due to my diabetes I was limited to the amount of time I could last before I had to take a break due to my sugar levels being low. I would have really bad mood swings in school and with friends, when my levels were off. I have blacked out and did not know what I did or said....
.......The pump helped out but I still had the highs and lows. I still had to adjust the amount of insulin I received and I had to change my sites every 3 days (I felt trapped by the tubes). My body started to shut down. My kidneys started to fail and I ended up on dialysis 3 days a week..
....After my islet cel transplant, I started to notice a difference in how I felt. Since receiving the Islet cells I have not been on any insulin, no lows or highs, I am not as tired as I used to be and my mood swings have gotten better. My family and friends have noticed how alive I have became and I enjoy being around others. My eye sight has improved. I have more energy and I don’t feel as depressed as I once did. My A1C went from 12 to 6.2, wow.
The Islet cell transplant has given me a whole new life. I want to thank Dr. Witkowski
and his team for all they have done for me, they have no idea how much they have changed my life.