Diagnosed at age 3, Kitty Castellini brings a lifetime of experience to today's show. Kitty has lived with many of the most dreaded diabetes-related complications that all of us fight so hard to avoid.
She lost her sight due to diabetic retinopathy, and has undergone many surgeries on her eyes. She
also suffered from diabetic gastroparesis, a condition which makes it
difficult to digest food and very hard to match insulin to food
After more than 40 years of daily injections of insulin, and thousands of finger sticks, she traded the needle for 64 pills a day (anti-rejection drugs). Kitty received a life-saving Pancreas Transplant Alone (PTA). She is the longest surviving single organ pancreas transplant patient in the world.
Kitty is a powerful advocate for diabetes and for organ donation. She is personally responsible for encouraging more than 300 people to become organ donors.
Kitty is the founder and co-host of the popular radio show, "Diabetes Living Today", and the creator of the website by the same name. Along with her co-host, Endocrinologist Dr. Joseph J. Fallon, Jr. (also type 1 diabetic), they are the very first “Diabetic Doctor ~ Patient team” (with one experiencing a cure) on the radio.
Please don’t take your Organs to Heaven…
Heaven knows we need them here!