At age 11, Alison Wesley was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes she
developed the classic symptoms of the disease - severe weight loss,
excessive thirst, sugar cravings, frequent urination, and feeling
lethargic and placed on insulin pumps. Two decades later, when the
pumps no longer controlled her glucose levels, she opted for an
islet cell transplant with Andrew M. Posselt, M.D.,
Ph.D. Wesley, now 39 read about a clinical
trial in islet transplantation. "I went to my endocrinologist,"
she said, "and immediately asked, 'could I be a candidate for
this'?" Her doctor, Martha Kennedy, MD, told her she could, in part
because her glucose was so poorly controlled. After having two
islet cell transplants in 2010, Wesley now describes her
glucose control as "amazing"...