Terri McCrae and Her Fight Against Diabetes

September 29, 2009

Terri has been battling diabetes since she was just 11 years old. She struggled with the illness for years and even went into a coma for a time when she was in high school. By the time Terri was in her late 20s, her kidney function had declined to the point where she needed dialysis. Once she began dialysis, her diabetes became uncontrollable. After she was found unresponsive in her home, Terri was admitted to a nursing home because she required constant care and observation.

 

In 1995, she finally received a kidney and pancreas transplant. After a year of rehabilitation, she was able to move into an apartment and regain her independence. Terri was grateful for her new lease on life and graduated from nursing school in 2000. For the next eight years, she worked as a nurse and loved her job very much. However, her diabetes once again became hard to control. She is now unable to work and has been hospitalized four times since January. Doctors say a second pancreas transplant is her only hope.

 

Despite her struggles, Terri has high hopes for the future, but she needs your help! A pancreas transplant costs approximately $275,000. Sadly, that's only the beginning of the soaring medical expenses. To learn more about Terri or to make a donation to NFT in her honor, please visit Terri McCrae's Web bio.