My name is Kenecia and my husband Demetrius Lambert has been a type I diabetic for over 30 years. Dealing with high and low blood glucose levels on a constant basis. Although he does appear to be in good physical shape his diabetes has affected many other thing. He was diagnosed with having peripheral neuropathy. This is a condition where the nerves in his feet have began to loose feeling. Demetrius often has difficulty walking. The pain in his feet are so intense at times it takes everything he has to be able to walk even a short distance. He also has developed peripheral vascular disease. That is a condition in which circulation to the lower parts of his legs are blocked from plague, making it difficult to obtain appropriate blood flow. Another illness he has concerns his eyes. He has had laser surgery to correct diabetic retinopathy as well. Most recently, after a visit to the local hospital we found him to have something called gastroparesis. This is another condition that comes from his diabetes which slows down and/or stops digestion of food. We recently had a visit to his endocrinologist and we learned about a procedure called islet cell transplant. Right now it is only offered at a select few locations and is considered a clinical trial. We reside in North Carolina and the study we are trying to attend is in Chicago. There is also discussion about him having a full pancreas transplant. If we are chosen to obtain that we are trying to have that done in NY so that we are closer to family and friends that will be able to assist more in his long recovery process. At this point Demetrius will take the first procedure his name comes up for however, we are trying to raise money to help with the cost of medical and travel expenses that we will incur as a result of either transplant for Demetrius. This transplant could mean a diabetic free life for a few years, something he has not been since the age of 8. This would also help to slow down or stop the progression of his other ailments. We are very private people and so for us to reach out to everyone please know that we are very serious in trying to obtain this procedure. Our family would like to thank all that will consider to contribute to the health of our love one.
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