This is Chase. She's been through a lot, but she's always got a smile and a can-do attitude at the ready.
Chase has dealt with decades of complications from juvenile diabetes and was on dialysis before a successful kidney and pancreas transplant four years ago. Two years after that, she competed in swimming at the Transplant Games in Houston and was Team Louisiana's most enthusiastic cheerleader. Now she lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with her husband and two cats.
Limited vision and nerve damage from the diabetes and a few other ongoing medical issues make it difficult for Chase to drive and to seek a full-time job, but after she moved to Hattiesburg she went out and found a volunteer position, working three days a week at the local hospital (close enough for her to walk). She staffs the information desk within the surgery unit, helping families find the answers they need. When she can, she visits with diabetic patients and families whose loved ones are starting dialysis to share tips and advice. Volunteering puts her in a perfect position to help others. She’s learned that everyone has a story, and that hers is not the smoothest nor the roughest she’s heard.