Today is a celebration for all of my D-friends. The birthday of the man (Sir Frederick Banting of Canada) who discovered the properties of insulin. A day held in reverencance by the United Nations. To bring about Diabetes Awareness of the disease that has affected millions.
Problem is this… all i can think about today is if awareness brings about a cure for the Type 1’s and Type 2’s, will I be the only one left with diabetes after all my friends are cured? My diabetes cannot be cured. Some day I hope to have a double transplant (kidney/pancreas). It is the only way I would no longer have diabetes.
The first successful pancreas transplant happened in 1966 by Richard Lillehei and William Kelly in Minnesota. The prognosis after pancreas transplantation is very good. Over the recent years, long-term success has improved and risks have decreased. One year after transplantation more than 95% of all patients are still alive and 80-85% of all pancreases are still functional. After transplantation patients need lifelong immunosuppression. Immunosuppression increases the risk for a number of different kinds of infection and cancer. This scares me also. But the chance for a longer life, is too great to pass up.
Please have everyone you know sign their organ donation cards. Some day, they may save a dear friend or family member’s life. And donate for a cure for Diabetes to your favorite Diabetes Foundation, because I want us ALL to have long happy lives.