During the next eight or nine years, I would occasionally read an update from Edmonton. Some of the patients were still insulin independent, some had rejected the transplant, and some were in between. There wasn't much national coverage, and my internet skills were not strong enough to keep me very current. Little did I know that it was actually an ongoing project and that it had been advancing in the U.S. as well. The centers that are performing islet cell transplants are all using the protocol that originated in Edmonton, and are comparing different immunosuppressant regimens to see which works best. Clinical trials are advancing through the levels with the hope of gaining the FDA approval necessary to open the procedure to the public.
I still am just amazed and so proud and pleased to be one of those islet cell recipients now. As I mentioned above, I knew right away that this was a good thing and I still feel strongly that islet cell transplantation is the monumental advancement needed to reach the cure.