A New Pancreas After A Lifetime Of Diabetes Struggles
I want to start by thanking the Lions and Lioness Clubs of Wisconsin and beyond and the many other great donors for all of the support, help, and donations for such a great place as Restoring Hope Transplant House.
My name is Jennifer and my life changed dramatically when I was 10 years old. On my 10th birthday I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Throughout the years the diabetes wore down my body. I was on 6 shots a day with horrible disabilities due to the effects of diabetes. I was also unable to feel high and low blood sugars. After having diabetes 31years and 25 days I had a pancreas transplant at UW Hospital in Madison on 3/10/2018.
I had a rough start on my transplant journey with 2 surgeries and rejection. I met some AMAZING people on this journey and they have helped me through every step of the way. I remember the 1st time I walked into RHTH. It had a calming feeling like walking into HOME. I held it together for so long feeling I had to be strong. When I 1st walked in and met Cindy she gave me a hug and I lost it for the 1st time after keeping it together. RHTH is a home away from home for so many. They welcome you with open arms and an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on. You meet so many families and LIFE LONG FRIENDS with so many different stories. RHTH truly is an AMAZING place for families to come together where they know they are not alone.
Thank you again for all of your help. With groups like you, you allow this to happen.
Pancreas Transplant Recipient