I know some of you are of the mindset: cure or nothing.
I’m not that way.
I’m not an all or nothing type of person.
Do I want a cure for my daughter’s diabetes?
Of course I do.
But there isn’t even a consensus on what a cure looks like. For me, it would be a true biological cure that wouldn’t require her to take anti-rejection meds or that has side effects that are as bad, if not worse, than dealing with diabetes itself.
I’m very optimistic that there will be an Artificial Pancreas (AP) available for our children to use long before there is a true cure. The reason I am not all or nothing is because I think it’s important for our children to live the best life they can with diabetes and because I want them to be as healthy as they can be when the cure does come along.
I personally feel that current AP research will lead us to technology that automates the many, many daily tasks that someone with diabetes (or their caretaker)s must do each and every single day.
Yes, she will still be hooked up to a variety of d-gadgets. But I think that the AP will give people with diabetes, like my daughter, a sense of relative freedom.
(And just as some people choose multiple daily injections over insulin pumps or vice versa, or choose to use or not to use a continuous glucose monitor, the choice is personal and individual and not right for every family.)
Here is a video of Tom Brobson, National Director, Research Investment Opportunities for JDRF, who “relates his personal experience participating in a recent, real world trial of the artificial pancreas system.”
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