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   Posted 9/29/2006 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 9/29/2006 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Gracie.

I'd just like to add that, as for all transplants, you'd have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of your life (or that of the transplant), and they can have serious side effects.  That's why genetic engineering and stem cell research are so important.  But that's where more work is done to make these drugs better, and also the risk of these side effects may well be less of a problem for some than the possibility of getting complications of diabetes.

Claire x

Post Edited (Claire-Bear) : 9/29/2006 8:27:54 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/29/2006 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a member contact me and tell me of the wonderful changes in her Type1 brother's life since his transplant and I want to let people know that although transplants aren't perfect they can mean a new life for many. Please consider asking relatives and friends to think about organ donation after death. It could mean the ultimate gift of life to someone, as well as the gift of sight, breath or a new heart, liver or kidneys.
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