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In September 1980 Doug was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He was 21 and very athletic. But during the summer he had been continually thirsty, had increased urination and craving of sweets, which was uncommon for him. Then from the end of August to the middle of September, he lost about 30 pounds and was sleeping almost non-stop when he wasn’t working at Braniff Airlines or going to school.

His parents had not seen him in weeks until one Sunday afternoon when they saw how painfully thin he had become. Connie, his mother, quickly made an appointment for him to see an internist the following Monday, and Doug insisted on driving himself there. He arrived early and the moment the staff saw him, they did not allow him to sit down in the waiting room but hurried him back to an examination room where they immediately checked his blood sugar. It was between 800 and 900; normal is between 75 and 125. The staff were amazed he had made it into the office.

He was given an insulin injection and left the office later that day with an unbelievable feeling of well being. For several weeks he seldom had to wear his glasses, which he had done since he was seven years old. His body was literally high on the insulin it had so desperately needed for months.

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Doug needs a kidney transplant. He was recently added to the deceased donor list and has a wait of up to five years. But he has been advised a living donor kidney is best. So I come with this blog to make others aware and to encourage him. For more info, please see the “Kidney Donation” page.