Diabetes + Stem Cell Research = Hope.
Chris and I were talking the other day about something completely random, when he turns to me and says, "Oh, wait. Did you hear that Obama is signing that bill to reverse the ban on stem cell research?"
"So? Are you excited?"
And I thought about the last two decades. How the veiled promise of "five more years and then ..." and still nothing.
"I'm hopeful. You know me, baby. I'm almost always hopeful, but until it's actually real ..."
He gave me a grin. "We just keep you healthy and hoping, right? Well, this is a huge leap forward."
And today, we leapt as President Obama reversed the ban.
We'll keep hoping. With the JDRF actively leading (and Tweeting!) the charge, and with diabetes on the national stage, progress could actually be made. Not just a product redesign or another clever device, not just another type of insulin or another pill - real progress.
I'd love to go from "type 1" to "type: cured."
(I've been itching to use the past tense for a long time now.)