I for one really do feel that the care for us has greatly improved over the years. I have t1 and have had since I was 12 (I'm now 26).
I am not holding my breath for a cure, though. If I see something on the news or in a paper to say there's a cure, I just feel so let down when I read the story further than the headline (as there isn't a cure yet!) and it just makes me feel really down about it all. I've nearly wept when I saw a story on the news only to have my hopes dashed.
The quote is all well and good - I DO think there will be a cure - but not sure whether it will be in my lifetime, and whether it will be before I get any complications (hopefully that's an 'if' and not a 'when' for the complications). We have to look after ourselves now, and as if there will not be a cure, or we will constantly be waiting for something that might never come. I've read that we have to go through the process of grief with illness. One of those is acceptance. I have started to accept that I have this disease and accept that there may not be a cure in my lifetime. That way, if there is a cure - BRILLIANT! - but if there isn't I haven't lost anything.
This sounds really negative, and to be honest I'm feeling a bit negative at the moment, especially as my Grandad who has diabetes has just had an amputation and it makes me feel really scared. I hope others feel differently about it all, as we all need hope.
You've mentioned stem cell research and that's a really important thing to bring up - can I also add to this thread the following?
What do people think about stem cell research? Is anyone with this illness (or families etc) against it??