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Islet transplantation

Started this discussion. Last reply by rachel Dec 23, 2010. 61 Replies

I was one of 36 people selected to participate in the Canadian Edmonton Protocol at the University of Minnesota. I received two sets of islet (beta cell) transplants. I was insulin free for one year…Continue


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Mari left a comment for Donna
"Best wishes for a Happy Birthday!!"
Jan 10
Donna joined Robert Yancey's group

Type1 for 30 Plus Years

For those who've had Type 1 diabetes for a long time. I don't really care how long. Just long.
Aug 27, 2014
Donna might attend Emily Coles's event

#MedicareCoverCGM: panel discussion at TuDiabetes homepage

August 26, 2014 from 1pm to 2pm
This event already occurred.  Enjoy the recording!Learn about the issue.  And if you feel inclined, please sign this petition.Merle Gleeson, founder of …See More
Aug 27, 2014
Donna replied to Kokoro's discussion 'Enlite Sensor woes...'
"Kokoro, It sounds as though you are experiencing many of the same problems I did when I first began using the Enlite. I am now on my 6th month and things are usually going better. Some things I have noticed that might apply to your situation,…"
Jul 25, 2014
Donna replied to Timothy's discussion 'HANDS' in the group T1 and DUPUYTRENS CONTRACTURE
"I have benign Dupuytrens in both hands, meaning I have a swelling at the base of my fingers but no adverse symptoms. I think this condition is yet another complication of Type 1 diabetes. I have had several other diabetes-related hand conditions…"
Jul 4, 2014
Richard157 replied to Donna's discussion 'Diabetes in senior years' in the group Pumping Seniors
"Daricel, that is a neat idea. Thanks!"
Jul 3, 2014
daricel replied to Donna's discussion 'Diabetes in senior years' in the group Pumping Seniors
"I know that some folks who were having trouble hearing their CGM alarms talked about putting the monitor in a bowl full of pennies or marbles and setting it to vibrate. The extra things around it amplified the noise. I no longer wear a pump or CGM,…"
Jul 3, 2014
Rene replied to Donna's discussion 'Diabetes in senior years' in the group Pumping Seniors
"That is a good idea about the vibration and wearing the pump closer to my body. I too usually sleep with my husband but a few trips like next week when I am going to Chicago for my sister's 90 birthday and he can't come with me I will…"
Jul 2, 2014
Donna replied to Donna's discussion 'Diabetes in senior years' in the group Pumping Seniors
"I, too, have more trouble with the lows than highs. I do wear the CGM and would be lost without it. If I am not sleeping with my husband for some reason (rare), I always set the CGM predictive alarm at a lower number. I always set it on vibrator…"
Jul 2, 2014
Donna is attending Emily Coles's event

Live interview with Gary Scheiner, CDE at TuDiabetes homepage

July 3, 2014 from 12pm to 1pm
This event already occurred.  Enjoy the recording! Bring your toughest diabetes questions!!  Gary is up for a challenge.Gary is a certified diabetes educator, insulin-pump and continuous glucose monitor user and trainer, and Masters-level exercise physiologist.  He serves on the advisory boards of several diabetes device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies; volunteers for the…See More
Jul 2, 2014
Donna is attending Emily Coles's event

Community discussion: exercise and diabetes! at

July 2, 2014 from 12pm to 1pm
12-1pm PT3-4pm ET8-9pm GMTThis is not a webinar or live interview.  This is a discussion among members of TuDiabetes, in the TuDiabetes chatroom.  Log into the chat room at the designated time to discuss exercise and diabetes. What kinds of exercise work best for blood glucose management?  How do folks stay motivated to exercise regularly?  Are there any exercises that are bad for people with diabetes?  We'll discuss these questions…See More
Jul 2, 2014
Rene replied to Donna's discussion 'Diabetes in senior years' in the group Pumping Seniors
"Hi Donna; Yes I can hear you clearly. I have had diabetes almost 50 years and though I have mostly had good control throughout the years now I am having many more lows and highs. I seem to have mostly lows, some as low as 27 and 38. I don't…"
Jun 30, 2014
Rene liked Donna's discussion Diabetes in senior years
Jun 30, 2014
Richard157 replied to Donna's discussion 'Diabetes in senior years' in the group Pumping Seniors
"Hello Donna, I have been type 1 for 68 years, and I also have highs and lows much more frequently than I want. I am so careful to record all my data after testing about 15 times per day. I record all blood tests, bolus amounts, carbs eaten, etc and…"
Jun 29, 2014
Donna added a discussion to the group Pumping Seniors

Diabetes in senior years

I have had Type 1 for 50 years. In the past, I have maintained relatively good control with A1c's under 7. I am now having much more difficulty with control, especially with having erratic blood sugars for no particular reason. I also experience lows frequently and have hypoglycemic unawareness. I do wear a continuous glucose monitor, which helps control this aspect of my life. Are any of your folks experiencing similar problems related to living longer? I feel alone with this new dimension in…See More
Jun 29, 2014
Donna joined Timothy's group


For type 1 diabetics who also have dupuytrens contracture or similar hand conditionsSee More
Jun 29, 2014

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Not sure. Would like to share with others who deal with Type I diabetes. I feel alone with this disease most of the time because I do not know any one who has Type I DM
Date diagnosed
May 10, 1964
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What pump model do you use, if any?
Medtronic 522

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At 10:18pm on January 10, 2015, Mari said…

Best wishes for a Happy Birthday!!

At 6:28pm on January 10, 2015, Linda G said…

From morning till night
May your SPECIAL DAY be bright

And nicer than ever before!

At 12:29am on January 10, 2014, rick (aka: #blankieboy) said…

Donna, Happy Birthday!!! Here is wishing you a wonderful and happy birthday. I hope the coming year will be full of blessings, joy and the wonderful love of family and friends.

At 5:07pm on June 20, 2013, Sam I am said…
Thank you so much! So great to find other diabetics that have had it as long as or longer tan me. I've never had tight control and any A1c under 9 is good for me. I thought it would get better after I got back on the insulin pump, but I still swing from high to low quite a bit. The CGM has helped a little. But even after being diabetic for over 30 years, I STILL forget to take insulin when I eat. You'd think it would be a no brainier but well....there you go.
Thanks for the note. I haven't really connected with anyone here and don't come by much unless I'm trying to research something I have heard or read about. --Sam
At 4:05pm on June 20, 2013, Stephaniebeth said…

Hi Donna! Thanks for adding me as a friend. It is wonderful to be able to connect with other people who have Type 1 diabetes,especially those like us who have had diabetes for 50 or more years. Have you ever been to Boston? You would probably enjoy seeing the world known Joslin Clinic here. And yes..we are "Boston Strong!" Keep in touch. Sincerely, Stephaniebeth

At 6:45pm on January 10, 2013, Linda G said…

Best Wishes NOW....and for the rest of the year!
Have a GREAT "ME" DAY :)
Hey, why don't you come join us in the TuD chat room?
You'll see us at the bottom of the home page.
We have a great time getting to know each other, sharing info and lots of laughs :)
It's on right now!

At 3:50am on January 10, 2013, SEAGATOR said…

Happy,Happy Birthday,Donna. I wish for you a most wonderful day. Come back and see us, ENJOY!!!

At 4:25am on January 10, 2012, SEAGATOR said…

Happy,Happy Birthday,Donna. I wish for you a most wonderful day. ENJOY!!!

At 8:34pm on January 13, 2011, Lois said…

Glad your plans to go to Guatemala caved in. You were where God wanted you to be ... both for your hubby and your daughter. Glad to hear all of you are doing fine now. Wanna waft some of those good vibes my way?

Anyway, thanks for giving me an update on your adventures.

At 3:18pm on January 10, 2011, Linda G said…
Greetings Donna....
Best Wishes on your Special Day....and on the next 364 days!
How's it all going? Do you have any questions or comments?



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