I had a difficult time coming up with a diabetes-related topic that might be uplifting for this month’s blog post. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep a positive outlook when you’re dealing with the 24/7 of Type 1 Diabetes. We’ve heard for many years that a cure for T1D is coming soon…it’s just around the corner…in the next few years…scientists are on the cusp…and so on; yet the hope for a cure, or even prevention of this disease, at times feels like an empty promise.
While I may be relatively new to this T1D roller coaster ride, I’ve been the mother of a daughter with T1D since her diagnosis at the age of 11 months old – almost 27 years ago! I’ve had the benefit of witnessing firsthand the incredible research and technological advances that have occurred in the time between my daughter’s diagnosis and my own almost 3 years ago. These advances have improved the quality of life for those with diabetes in dramatic ways and have enabled us to live as close to normal lives as possible.
Blood glucose meters and test strips were not mainstream when my daughter was diagnosed. They were considered very high-tech, were not covered through most forms of insurance, and were very expensive. The meters were the size of a brick and took 3 minutes to provide a reading. Insulin pumps were almost unheard of and nowhere near close to market. Today’s newly diagnosed babies wear pumps in tiny backpacks!
Ironically, I was diagnosed with T1D while working at a diabetes research institute in Seattle. I learned so much about the disease mechanism and interacted daily with the scientists working diligently to eradicate this disease. They were full of passion and lived with diabetes on a daily basis, too! I’m proud of the contribution I made there and am thankful for the scores of scientists the world over that are continually looking for a way to deliver a cure.
While it’s unfortunate to have diabetes, we are lucky to live in a time that there is fervent research underway and new advances are made quite often. I believe with all of my heart that one day there will be a cure for this disease. Maybe it will be tomorrow. Maybe it will be 100 years from now. The wonderful thing is that until that time, we are fortunate to have the knowledge and resources we need to stay active, healthy, happy, work, play and enjoy life daily. Now THAT is uplifting!