Transplant reboots local woman's life

Cheboygan Daily Tribune | Melissa Mauceri

Melissa Mauceri Tracy Weitz, left, is pictured with her sister, Kim Parish. Parish has been her caretaker as Weitz battled with type one diabetis and received a kidney and pancreas transplant.

A positive woman who is grateful for her family, her health and her life, 43-year-old Tracey Weitz, of Cheboygan, had kidney and pancreas transplant surgery in May of 2015, reversing her declining health brought on by complications of diabetes.

Today she is thankful for the transplant and for the donor of whom she knows little but who granted her the miracle of life. Weitz was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when she was 2-years-old. It is believed that she may have had diabetes since birth. Juvenile diabetes is known as type one diabetes, for which there is not cure.

On May 30, 2015, Weitz was scheduled for a routine dialysis treatment, one of three treatments a week that she had been receiving since March, 2013. Her sister answered the phone at 7:45 a.m. that morning, and the hospital said to have Weitz there by 12:30 p.m. for a kidney and pancreas transplant. Continue reading