My Bionic Friends

May 21, 2013By 1 Comment

Due to mil_75x75_333174104y pregnancy haze over the last year, I have not been keeping up with all the exciting advancements in our journey toward a cure for diabetes.  Thanks to Facebook and the fact that more than half of my contacts are my diabetes friends, I’ve been able to learn about they’re experiences with new meter and pump technology as well as new clinical trials.

The ‘Artificial Pancreas Project’ (click here for specific facts and info), a project many years in the making thanks to JDRF and it’s supporters, is the closest thing to a brand new pancreas that any person with diabetes could ever wish for.  The researchers and device companies that have worked together to create this external bionic pancreas are finally able to start seeing the amazing results through the many clinical trials being held all over the nation.  In a nut shell, the artificial pancreas consists of a number of devices that the patient subjects are connected to in order to give them a ‘normal’ life without worrying about highs or lows.  There are many years still ahead of these trials to make this potential bionic pancreas sleek enough to be as good as any other organ. What those patients are finding after being connected to a multitude of gadgets is that there are no words to perfectly describe how it feels to not have to think about your diabetes for an entire week.  I can only imagine.

I am so happy each time I log onto Facebook to see yet another D-friend who has been accepted into these clinical trials.  I would have been all over this if it were just me I had to worry about these days.  So I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who are giving up a day, a week, and your body to help us make this artificial dream become a reality to make our disease as close to normal as possible.  Here is an excerpt from written by my dear friend Anna who participated in the Artificial Pancreas Trial at Mass General Hospital in Boston. To read about her entire experience, click here.

Last night I had an a-ha moment. I was out to dinner and ate 2 bread sticks, a chicken entrée with sweet potatoes, 2 glasses of white wine, and a shared dessert with dozens of grams of carbohydrates. I didn’t do anything. I could see on the graph that I had been pretty flat over the last few hours, trending at about 80, then a burst of red on the graph meant I received some glucagon and the bionic pancreas caught my trend going down before I felt any symptoms. I only rose to about 140 four hours after the heavy, caloric meal was consumed. I saw the blue lines this time burst to cover the meal.  Amazing.

The thoughts that go on inside our heads are insane. I was recently told that people with type 1 make over 350 decisions a day regarding their diabetes     … crazy! When I speak to parent groups I like to tell them to compare the feeling of having diabetes to that moment you’re about to step on the scale at the doctor’s office, yet, that feeling never goes away.


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  1. Veronica says:

    Excellent,informative, as usual.

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