Sandra is an artist and painter
After 42 years of misery living with T1DM, she is insulin free, diabetes free in charge of her life.!
"...This is my oil painting, “The Pancreas.”
I remember the day I did it, 495. Took insulin, ate nothing, exercised. Felt terrible, but I was on a mission that day. I was going to perform artistic surgery and remove that evil organ from my body. Success! I felt better after painting, though still on the high side.
At age 13 I passed out at my Grandfather’s funeral. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. The 1970’s urine testing and pet rocks. No blood sugar testing and no gadgets. I quickly learned Type 1 Diabetes is much, much, more than not eating candy and taking insulin shots. It was ambulances, comas, convulsions, mood/blood sugar swings, unpredictability. EVERYTHING effected my blood sugar. Including art. Spiritually it became like medicine for my soul.
My body over 42 years has had some complications. I knew it was coming but I didn’t count on HOPE. The University of Chicago Hospitals and Dr. Witowski’s transplant program gave me hope, support, education, and a cure! I can’t recall ever feeling so good!
I had worked til I could physically no more. Coasting down hill fast. I took control of my destiny. I got a Pancreas transplant. I am an artist not a disease anymore. The future is limitless with possibilities. Never stop believing. Hope is the best thing and never dies.
I only had to wait 42 years. At least I didn’t have to wait 108 like the Cubs!"
Pancreas by Sandra Mazurek