Susan Bienduga

For 10 years, Susan Bienduga suffered from chronic pancreatitis, which caused severe abdominal pain and nausea. As the disease progressed, her symptoms worsened and became more frequent.
During a trip to Brazil several years ago, Susan experienced an extremely painful attack and was told she had no chance of survival. When she returned home to the United States, she sought immediate attention with a specialist at the Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center.

Tired of dealing with painful symptoms and uncontrollable diabetes, Susan 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 she looks forward to the day when she will require no more insulin.

Enjoying her renewed life after transplant, Susan is planning a fishing trip to Alaska this summer, a trip she never before thought possible.