Monday, January 16, 2012

22 years

Twenty two years ago today, I was admitted to hospital with a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. I'm pleased to have survived all these years, virtually complication-free (i.e., if one doesn't count in the occasional hypo-unawareness), yet I'm also saddened by the fact that the promised cure still seem far away. The more I've learn, especially from my education in biomedicine, I've come to think that we will not see a cure until we learn to manage the immune system as well as replace the beta cells that the former mentioned immune system has killed off. This is tricky, and although I hope that it will happen some day, I'm not holding my breath. Instead, I enjoy life despite of diabetes - something which has become far more easy with the technologies of current time, such as insulin pumps, smaller and faster BG-meters, not to forget continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMs).

Cheers to the first 22 years - I'm off to "celebrate" by working late in the MS-lab :-/