Thursday, May 17, 2012

Only One Answer

What is my fantasy diabetes device?

This prompt is probably supposed to get our creative juices flowing.  To suggest new and amazing ideas and technology for diabetes.  But I can't do that.  When I think about a diabetes device that I want, there's only one answer.

I want an artificial pancreas.  I really, really, really do.  I've written about this before, but I'm going to say it again.

I don't expect to see a cure in my lifetime.  I truly don't.  I do think that finding a cure is important, and that one will be found someday.  But I don't think I'll live to see it.  That's not where I place my hope.

My hope is in technology that will make my life better.  That will take the strain off of us, and give more of the work to a machine.

This hope has grown even stronger since my visit to Medtronic in March.  Meeting Lane and the rest of the closed-loop team was an incredible experience.   These people are so passionate about what they do.  And there are many, many people just as determined at many different companies and organizations working toward an artificial pancreas.  It takes my breath away to think about it.

The visit made me want a closed-loop system even more than I already did.  Some days I want it so badly it hurts.  But the visit also gave me hope.  Because this will happen.  We will have an artificial pancreas.

This fantasy will become a reality.  I have to believe that.

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