Candace Wathan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at just eight years old, and for almost 40 years fought debilitating fatigue and other complications. Candace eventually suffered renal failure and her kidney function declined to 15 percent, which made a renal transplant her best option.
"Getting out of bed was so difficult," says Candace, who had to quit working in 2001. "When doctors told me I needed to put my name on the transplant waiting list, I realized I had to decide what I was going to do."
Because she was diabetic, she was also eligible for a pancreas transplant to combat the disease. Just days after being placed on the list, a very sick Candace received her second chance at life through a renal-pancreas transplant.
Now, Candace is diabetes-free. Her health has improved tremendously and she is looking forward to returning to work.