Even though my brother's death certificate probably lists the cause of death as kidney failure and congestive heart failure, we know that Jerry died from diabetes. Diabetes kills internal organs, and there is still no cure. He was diagnosed at age 14, after a physical to play high school sports. He lived 35 years with the disease, and had diabetic retinopathy, a 5-way heart bypass which resulted in a raging E-coli infection and had most of his sternum and a lot of muscle removed, then had to have a muscle grafted to cover his heart, a kidney transplant, bowel resection due to the scar tissue from all the surgeries after his heart surgery, and finally heart attacks and a pacemaker put in before he went into kidney failure again (15 years after the transplant...which was longer than the average transplant lasts) and the congestive heart failure. Be aware of who's at risk, and the symptoms of diabetes. Don't let your family go through the pain and heartache of watching a loved one battle this disease.
- 12/10/2009 11:16:31 AM