Today, some big news has hit the DOC via the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI).
Here is the video from the DRI:
There are a lot of "would be"s, "will be"s and "is creating", etc., but if you are not paying attention it seems like this is available now. The following paragraph speaks in reference to the BioHub in its visionary sense (from the DRI website's BioHub page).
The BioHub is a bioengineered “mini organ” that mimics the native pancreas. It contains real insulin-producing cells that can sense blood sugar and release the precise amount of insulin needed -- in real time.
To the millions living with diabetes, the BioHub brings the promise of natural insulin production and normal blood sugar levels one step closer to reality.In their video the words, "miracle" and "cure" pop up. Also, the woman (patient) featured in the video who 'is currently free from diabetes' received an islet transplant (the words quickly flash at the bottom of the screen) years ago and is not a recipient of the latest technology. In fact most recipients of the transplant must maintain a regimen of anti-rejection drugs.
People who have lived with this disease a lot longer than I have, can attest to the fact that they have been hearing that there will be a cure in the next 5-10 years - and that they have been hearing that for the last 30 years.
Reading Amy Tenderich's piece on dLife is very helpful on negotiating the "breakthrough" news.
Diabetes Mine also has a great article on this latest news.
What I know today is I that my reality hasn't changed . . . yet. There are huge possibilities for closed-loop systems and artificial pancreai (?) from many companies. I am grateful for continued research to end Type 1 diabetes and excited for the future!
Today, I have diabetes. Tomorrow has not yet come.