When I was diagnosed with diabetes I did what any other person would do – I started reading. I read every article going. I wanted to know what research was being done, how close they are to finding a cure and what the next step in treatment technology would be.
4 years down the line things have changed. I don’t read much in the way of articles about diabetes. I’m not up to date with the latest research, I don’t have the most recent technology and I’m not tracking what is to come. It’s not because I don’t want to find a cure, I totally do, but I don’t want to get my hopes up.
The story has been the same pretty much since day 1 for me. THE CURE, that big event that will save us all is only 10 years away. The catch? It’s been 4 years since I was diagnosed…. and the cure is still “only” 10 years away. It never seems to get closer.
I like to think of myself as fair robust emotionally. All through my diagnosis, and the years that have followed, I have tried to remain upbeat about the situation. I can’t change that I have diabetes, so I choose to focus my energy on keeping myself as healthy as I can be and making the right choices for my own medical care rather than dwelling.
In the last 4 years there have been some great successes in research into technologies for treatment. None of them are cures, not even close, but some options that have the potential to make living with diabetes easier.
A few years ago flash glucose monitoring was released in the UK. I had followed it avidly and was sure it would make a huge difference to my life. I purchased the system at the first available chance I had and started to use it. Unfortunately, it does not give the accuracy required to make dosage decisions and it is still required to prick my finger also. Although a useful tool when tracking patterns and looking for answers, it is just too expensive for me to continue using.
I am aware of the artificial pancreas and the trials that are underway in the USA with it. It all looks promising, but I’m sure there will be decades of research before it is released in its entirety. In addition to that, none of these technologies are cheap and are unlikely to be available on the NHS to everyone. They will be reserved for those most in need, and I am very thankful that as things currently stand I am not one of those people. So for that reason, I push any thoughts of things that could make my life easier to the back of my mind.
What I am trying to say is that I am happy. I have everything I need to keep myself going, and staying away from the news is my coping mechanism. People regularly send me articles that they may think will interest me. I don’t mean to appear rude or standoffish when I don’t read them – I’m just trying to keep afloat.
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