For 10 years, Susan Bienduga suffered from chronic pancreatitis. She struggled with extreme abdominal pain and nausea that continuously worsened as her disease progressed.
Susan’s symptoms became more and more frequent and during a trip to Brazil several years ago, she experienced an extremely painful attack and was told she had no chance of survival. She returned to the States, where she sought help at the Methodist Transplant Center.
Tired of dealing with the painful symptoms and her uncontrollable diabetes, Susan’s underwent an islet transplant in 2009. She is still taking a small amount of insulin while the transplanted islets are given time to become fully functional, but looks forward to the day when she will require no more insulin.
Enjoying her renewed life after the successful transplant, Susan is planning a fishing trip to Alaska this summer, a trip she never thought would be possible.