Pancreas Transplant: Sara's Story

Sara loves trail riding and camping with her horse Theo—outings that have been made easier since her pancreas transplant.Sara was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 24 years old, and managed it for more than 20 years. But, as a nurse and an outdoor enthusiast, her busy and active lifestyle made her diabetes more difficult to control over the years.


Little did she know then, but her love for horses would lead her to a pancreas transplant. When she bought her horse Theo from Deb, she learned that Deb had received a kidney and pancreas transplant. Deb inspired Sara to learn more, so Sara contacted the UW Health Transplant Program to learn about pancreas transplant.


Sara was listed on the waiting list, and just a month later she received her transplant. For the past two years Sara no longer suffers from diabetes. She loves that she can go on long trail rides and camping trips with Theo or long walks with her dog without worrying about packing snacks or managing her insulin levels.


Sara and Deb are friends bonded by their transplant experiences and mutual love of horses. They meet each year to ride Theo, the horse that helped lead Sara to a pancreas transplant.