Monday, June 08, 2009

Kerri's Smile

My new online friend Kerri is a very prolific writer and is the author of the HUGELY successful and funny blog SixUntilMe (SUM). Last week she wrote a post about the diabetes things she likes. There were simple things that make me smile too. Like the certain boop boop beep sound that her pump makes. Or the fact that she never has to wear a wristwatch since her Medtronic 522 has one built in.

The one thing on her list that resonated with me the most was this one: "I like that the hope of the parents of kids with diabetes rubs off on me, and makes me feel good for even just a few minutes." It's important for parents to be hopeful. Sometimes it's hard. But when you connect with other parents who battle diabetes either in person or online, the hope is infectious. The hope also inspires you to get off your butt and do something to realize a cure for your child.

This afternoon, I got a newsflash that "UC Santa Barbara and Sansum Diabetes Research Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time that an automated artificial pancreas system (APS) can safely and effectively maintain desired blood glucose levels in patients with type 1 diabetes." The results were presented today at the American Diabetes Association’s 69th Scientific Sessions in New Orleans.

This is a big step towards something that really approaches a cure. The artificial pancreas project (APP) is as much of a quantum leap in diabetes treatment as the introduction of the insulin pump. And it's something that the hope and hard work of scientists, parents and people with diabetes have helped to drive. I can't speak for Kerri, but research advances like this is a diabetes thing that makes me smile.

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