{Short & Sweet} A Cure?

by Leighann on January 16, 2010

Talk of the artificial pancreas has opened up another discussion: When will we see a cure for diabetes?

I have heard parent after parent, and patient after patient say this week that they were told at diagnosis that a cure would be found within 10 years.

I do not remember our care team saying this to us. I do remember them saying that management has improved tremendously over the last decade and that we would see even more improvements over the next.

One of the nurses said, “If your child is diagnosed with something, at least with diabetes there is a ton of money going into research. No one is giving money to cure rare brain tumors.”

So, were you told that there would be a cure within 10 years of your (or your child’s) diagnosis?

What the DOC is saying:

A Cure

Rachel of What life Has Become: I know that I shouldn’t feel this way but….

Lorraine of This is Caleb: The Day of the Hard Look

Hallie of Window to My World: The Reality of Hope

Artificial Pancreas

Kerri of Six Until Me: JDRF, Animas, and Dexcom Walk Into a Bar: Not a Diabetes Joke – An Artificial Pancreas.

Amy of Diabetes Mine: NEWS FLASH: JDRF Joins with Animas & DexCom to Build “First-Generation” Artificial Pancreas

Lindsey of blogabetes: Hope on the Horizon?

Scott of Scott’s Web Blog: Commentary on the JDRF “Artificial Pancreas” Announcement

Did you give your thoughts about finding a cure or the artificial pancreas? Let me know and I will add you above.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Leata June 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Hi Leighann,

I stumbled across your blog while googling my old summer camp and have been reading it (at work!) for a few hours now.
I was diagnosed in 1986 at age 7. The first thing I thought when starting this post (before getting to sentence 2!) was how my parents and I were continually told that a cure was imminent back then.I’m kind of amazed, now, that they would have said such a thing 24 years ago, but maybe it was a case of not knowing how little they knew? Treatment does seem to be improving, but it’s more a factor of being more efficient than really different (my first meter required wiping of strips and took two minutes to read; my long acting insulin was NPH which has to be one of the most difficult medications to deal with, ever; we had “exchanges” rather than carb counting)
Anyway, I know this comment is on an old post, but I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate reading about your experiences; my mother was my primary diabetes-care giver (although my father got involved in a lot of other ways) , and reading your descriptions gave me an understanding of what she had on her plate in the months after I was diagnosed. She didn’t share much about that with me, beyond describing the facts; I’m wondering if, like you, she felt it wasn’t happening to her, but to me. I wish she had been able to take advantage of a resource like this back then!



2 Leighann June 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm


Thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

Just today my daughter had a “I don’t want to have diabetes” moment. She asked me to pinky swear that when she is seven she wouldn’t have to have insulin any more.

Of course I couldn’t. I wish that I could have told her that one day there will be a cure. But until it is a reality, I just don’t want to put any sort of time line on it.

The treatment you describe from your childhood doesn’t seem easy. I am so glad that we have the tools that are available to us today. Not only the treatments, but the online support of other families with diabetic children and adults with diabetes who show us parents that our kids will grow up to have great lives despite their conditions.

It is my job as a parent to insulate her as much as I can and I’m sure your mom did the same for you. Sounds like she did a great job with you!

Thanks again for reading!



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