November 21, 2008

A VERY SPECIAL BLESSING

This morning, we headed down to Cleveland Ohio, for an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic. It was a wonderful office visit! My daughter received such a blessing and a gift on July 10th of this summer. You see, my daughter has been a diabetic for 30 years. Renee was only 2 years old when she was diagnosed. Although, she had done well with her diabetes, the disease was starting to take it's toll on her body. After all, like they say, insulin is a "treatment" not a "cure". Well...to make a long story short...she had been reading that hospitals were doing more and more pancreas transplants. Renee had never seriously looked into the possibility of having one until her cousin, Doreen, had a transplant at the Cleveland Clinic three years ago. Doreen had such success with hers, that my daughter decided to make an appointment in June of 2007 to see if she would be a candidate. The transplant team at Cleveland are the most wonderful group of doctors and nurses one could hope for. After being on the waiting list for a year, she got the call on the evening of July 9th and on the 10th at 1 pm, Renee had a new pancreas! Her blood sugars have been absolutely wonderful since! No insulin, no poking herself 6-9 times a day to check her sugar. Although she is on anti-rejection medication and she did have a bit of a struggle with nausea on and off for the first three months, I am so happy to report that she went back to work on November 11th. It's amazing how wonderful she looks and feels...like a new gal! I don't think I have ever seen her look more beautiful and radiant! I thank God everyday for this true blessing and gift He has given her. I will always keep the family who so graciously gave this gift of life, to help my daughter and others, in my prayers. Maybe someday Renee will be able to meet this family and thank them personally. Have a beautiful weekend!

3 comments:

Sherry said...

Oh Bobbie,that's such GREAT news that Renee is doing so well!!!!!
Truly a Thanksgiving!!!! It's been such a long winding road for you all. I hope John will do even half as well as Renee in the clincal trials at CC.

Sherry aka:The Queen

Kathy (woolfind) said...

What a Praise!! I decided a number of years back to be a donor on my drivers license. I encourage all to do it. Thanks for sharing such wonderful news. Great way to start a day out!

Plumruncreek said...

I'm so happy for Renee. What a blessing!! Now she can get on with her life.