While I don’t hold my breath for a cure, that is the number one change I’d love to see. That is obvious of course, and a sentiment that is probably shared by all kinds of diabetics. On a slightly more practical level, I would love to see the management of this disease change. I am so excited by the prospects of an “artificial pancreas” and what that would mean for our daily lives. As my boyfriend often asks me, “Why can’t they just make a pancreas? I don’t understand.” Of course, he says this jokingly but I do believe it’s also said in earnest. We have technology that can fly us to the moon for goodness sake. You’d think there’d be some way we could make an organ that each and every one of us has. Although, it doesn’t seem like it has much of a point in mine anymore. This speaks to the complexity of the human body and how there is so much we still don’t understand.
My doctor likes to joke that all diabetics are “non-compliant” because while we may monitor our blood sugar, we can’t possibly monitor every hormone in our body that a working pancreas does every second. Wouldn’t that be nice though? To my knowledge, the artificial pancreas (AP) doesn’t do that but if it does, let me know. If they cannot find a cure, it would be so wonderful to at least have treatments that legitimately made our lives like those of non-diabetics. It is so much work watching over everything. I still have not figured out my diabetes, and why my blood sugars can almost never just remain stable. I know they are making huge strides in diabetes technology all of the time. I’m hoping that what I’ve just described will be accessible to me (and everyone!) in the near future. For now, it just feels like a dream.