I struggled with being an insulin dependent diabetic for 26 years. One day, my Nephrologist told my family and I that I would need a kidney in about an estimated time of a year and a half.
The time had come, my kidney levels reached 5. It was time for me to be placed on the list. In discussing the transplant process, my doctor mentioned needing a pancreas along with a kidney. I was not at the point of needing dialysis but very close.
One month after completing my evaluation, I received the phone call I was waiting for. To be devastated to find out the organs weren't good enough for the procedure. My family and I continued on with life.
On January 20, 2016, I received the phone call I have been waiting for!
On January 22, 2016, I received a pancreas and kidney transplant at Willis-Knighton Transplant Center in Shreveport, La. I still get emotional talking about my journey. I feel as if I'm living a dream! It feels great to wake in the morning and not have to take insulin and check my blood glucose level. I call this, MY SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE!