I have had the good fortune of finding one of the original Edmonton Protocol islet cell recipients. There was a story about her in Diabetes Health, one of the online diabetes information magazines that I read. She has written and published a book about her experience. I purchased the online version last night and have read some and scanned most of it. It is really good. I am really enjoying the parallels between our two experiences.
The author is Donna Marcelissen. The book is titled One Step Up From a Lab Rat, and can be found here. I e-mailed her and she answered some of my questions and hopefully we have started a correspondence. Her experience has been much more intense than mine on several levels. Her diabetes and its complications were much more advanced than mine. Her time and financial requirements were more than mine. And most importantly, she didn't have people who had already experienced this before her that she could talk to or even read about. I still have only found a few, but that is still a big difference than none at all. I really went into this with very few reservations. She is a true pioneer and there will be so many of us who will owe her a great debt.
Gary and I are planning on visiting our son, Gary in California this weekend. I am really looking forward to it. I have been feeling good lately, and hope my stomach will behave.