Brandon Mouw has been through unimaginable pain. In several instances of his life, he walked the thin line between life and death. Seeking to motivate his audience and become the voice for those afraid to have one, he is finally telling his story.
At the tender age of three, Brandon Mouw was diagnosed as a Juvenile Type 1 Diabetic. As a young child, his journey as a diabetic stretched far ahead of him, and countless obstacles awaited.
As Brandon Mouw grew older, it became clear to his doctors that what they’re dealing with is unlike anything commonly seen in people with diabetes. Although Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes is already rare, with only 1.4 million people in the world carrying it, the situation took a turn for the worse when Brandon was subsequently diagnosed as a brittle diabetic. He could not control his diabetes.
Despite the depressing conclusion, Brandon forged on and received degrees in Theology, Education, and History. In between his hospital visits, Brandon Mouw did missionary work and taught Social Studies to high school students.
He got himself through law school and secured an internship at the Department of State. His medical status notwithstanding, Brandon Mouw was living a sunny and sweet life. It would not last long, however. Dark clouds began gathering overhead when Brandon’s body started shutting down while working as a law clerk.
At the time, Brandon had already gone through nine highly intensive surgeries and had lost his kidney. Death hovered outside his front door. With a weakening state and worryingly low blood sugars, Brandon Mouw had two heart stoppages. He would have been announced dead had it not been for the medical staff’s competence who was miraculously able to resuscitate him.
After the ordeal, Brandon Mouw was sufficiently terrified. The last treatment left to try was a pancreas-only transplant, an optional coverage under the Affordable Care Act. No insurance company he could contact or sign up for had the transplant as a coverage. The regretful news was enough to make any person throw down the towel, any person but Brandon.
Against time, manual blood sugars every day, a continuous glucose monitor, and an insulin pump, Brandon got to work. In three months, he was able to raise an impressive 250 thousand dollars with countless good Samaritans. He was finally on the list for a life-saving transplant.
Now a survivor with every breath he takes, Brandon Mouw has become the voice of those without and an advocate for the chronically ill, the diabetics, transplants, organ donation, and motivation. Through his work as a public speaker, he hopes to shed light and inspire the conversation on pancreas-only transplants.
In half a decade, Brandon plans to have his story travel within the pages of a book and reach Congress. He sees himself helping legislation and inspiring a change in healthcare to lean toward the chronically ill and those who need a louder voice. In five years, Brandon Mouw will be motivating and helping people beat the odds.