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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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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,…"
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
Richard157 replied to Donna's discussion 'Diabetes in senior years' in the group Pumping Seniors
"Daricel, that is a neat idea. Thanks!"
Jul 3
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
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
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
Donna is attending Emily Coles's event

Live interview with Gary Scheiner, CDE at TuDiabetes homepage

July 3, 2014 from 12pm to 1pm
12-1pm PT3-4pm ET8-9pm GMT 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 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Diabetes Exercise & Sports Association, American Diabetes Association, and Setebaid diabetes…See More
Jul 2
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
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
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Jun 30
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
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
Donna joined Timothy's group


For type 1 diabetics who also have dupuytrens contracture or similar hand conditionsSee More
Jun 29
Donna is attending Emily Coles's event

"Traveling with diabetes" discussion in the TuDiabetes open chatroom at

June 7, 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 traveling with diabetes. Do you like to travel?  How do you plan and prepare to travel safely with diabetes?  Have you ever run into diabetes-related problems while traveling?  Do you have suggestions for others?Bring your comments…See More
Jun 7
Donna replied to Anthea pena's discussion 'Bikram yoga & CGM'
"It looks like we might have covered the issue of practicing Bikram yoga and using a pump and CGM. We can. I hope you don't mind if I ask a related question. I would like to go swimming more often but found trying to wear the pump and the CGM…"
Apr 13
Donna replied to KellBell's discussion 'Medtronic 530g my first hand account'
"I,too, was told by my trainer (and Medtronic folk) that I only had to charge for 20 minutes! What goes here? I have started night time insertions, but do not start the pump connections that night. I set the appropriate pump connections when I…"
Apr 5

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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 12:29am on January 10, 2014, rick the "Blogabetic" 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?
At 2:08pm on January 11, 2010, Lois said…

Just curious .... what is taking you to Guatamala for that long? Mission work?

At 9:37pm on January 9, 2010, Lois said…
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I'm a little early [in some time zones] and right on time in others. Well, my timing has not always been exactly perfect!!! Hope you have a wonderful birthday and a really happy, healthy and prospeous New Year!

Lois La Rose
Milwaukee, WI



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