Morgan-Waiting on a Pancreas
|My name is Morgan McCalvin, I’m 29 years old, and from Ashland. Just to look at me, I look like a perfect bill of health until you hear my story. I was diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes in early 1996 and started showing signs of being insulin resistant not long after being diagnosed making it difficult for my body to accept insulin. In July 2010, I met my transplant team at Ohio State Medical Center to discuss a pancreas transplant. My endocrinologist told me I would need to undergo a pancreas transplant due to being such a brittle diabetic and it was the only way I could have a chance at a normal life. On Oct. 24, 2010 I received my first transplant that only lasted 13 months before rejecting. I was devastated, after rejecting my pancreas transplant but I wasn’t going down without a fight so I decided to be listed for a second pancreas transplant. On what should have been my 2nd anniversary for my first transplant became the day I got the call for my 2nd pancreas transplant. But everything that could go wrong after a transplant did. I ended up passing a blood clot to my new transplanted pancreas killing the pancreas instantly and had a blood clot in my lung also. These past 5 years have been nothing but a roller coast between two failed transplants and waiting on my 3rd transplant. I wouldn’t take any of it back because it’s made me the person I am today. My favorite quote is ‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away’ and I try and live my life that way.|
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