So the dinner for The Chicago Diabetes Project was awesome. When I got there the first thing I saw was a bigass camera and thought "oh crap" but lucky me they were gone by the time I spoke and poor Sandy, one of my fellow islet recipients had the joy of being followed around by CBS Chicago. You can read the brief article and watch the video that was aired in Chicago Monday night here.
Speaking was easier then I thought it would be and I was just so honored to be there and be able to talk to the people that make everything possible. At dinner I sat at a table with one of the researchers from Slovakia. He's working with polymers for islet cell encapsulation and he talked a little bit about both primate and human trials being done with encapsulated islets around the world.
The dinner was very nice, I especially enjoyed meeting all of the amazing scientists, donors, researchers, doctors, and other islet recipients and I didn't puke or cry while I was up there speaking.
so proud! ha
What I thought about right before I started speaking. ;)
In a mermaid costume...