Chicago Marathon - Cellmates Team: Cure Diabetes!

Kim-islet transplant
By Kim-islet transplant Latest Reply 2010-06-10 19:31:38 -0500
Started 2010-06-09 14:47:23 -0500

If you or someone you know is planning to run in the Chicago Marathon, please ask them to contact Cellmates On The Run @ All proceeds from the run will go towards funding for The Chicago Diabetes Project.

In 2005 I was functionally cured of type 1 diabetes through the Chicago Diabetes Project. I have been insulin-free 5 years and no longer risk having complications from diabetes. However, even though I’m insulin-free and have 100% improved quality of life, I am required to remain on immunosuppressant drug therapy so that my immune system does not destroy my transplanted islet cells.

In order to perfect encapsulated islet cells and develop an unlimited supply, The Chicago Diabetes Project global work must continue. The best Doctors and Scientists throughout the world are involved and passionate about the success of this project. Once perfected, the research results benefit diabetics in the following ways:

1) Patients would no longer require ongoing immunosuppressant drug therapy following an islet cell transplant.
2) An unlimited supply of islet cells would become available so regardless of the age of type 1 diabetics, a cure would finally be available to ALL type 1 diabetics throughout the world.

To check out my story and the story of others that The Chicago Diabetes Project has saved, go to:

5 replies

GabbyPA 2010-06-09 19:40:30 -0500 Report

This is so encouraging. I do have a question though. I have read some articles that say that the autoimmune issues are not taken away and that eventually the transplanted islets will be attacked again. Have there been any cases of this in the study that you are part of?

Kim-islet transplant
Kim-islet transplant 2010-06-10 10:07:57 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby;

The purpose of encapsulating the islet cells is so our immune system would not be able to destroy the cells because of a protective coating over the cells once they are transplanted.

The problem with my transplant is the cells are not protected except with the immuno. drug therapy that I'm on. My A1c prior to my transplant was in the 9's. Since then my A1c's have been in the 5's range. There is always a chance that my bodies immune system could destroy the transplanted islet cells because the islets do not have a protective coating and my immune system has not been changed except for being suppressed by the drug therapy. If I stopped taking the immuno drugs, I would become a type 1 diabetic again. So far so good though. It's been 5 years now & I'm still insulin free with normal BG's.

Prior to my transplant, I kept tight control of my BG's but had no symptoms anymore when my BG's dropped so would just pass out. My family and strangers saved me many times. If it were not for those precious little islet cells that I was lucky enough to receive, I really believe that I would not be alive today to talk about this.

GabbyPA 2010-06-10 19:31:38 -0500 Report

This is incredibly encouraging for so many. Type 2 is bad, but type 1 is just so much more intense. This has got to give many people great hope. While still not a "cure" it is a much more viable treatment. I can see the light at the end of that tunnel now! Thank you for sharing this.

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