A cure for diabetes could be imminent after scientists discovered how to make huge quantities of insulin-producing cells, in a breakthrough hailed as significant as antibiotics.

Harvard University has, for the first time, managed to manufacture the millions of beta cells required for transplantation.

I was watching BBC News and had to sit down when I heard this.  I cried. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard about “imminent cures” for T1D but it’s the first time it really sounded reasonable and possible.  Like, this could really be it.

When I was diagnosed a few years ago I was effectively sentenced to a lifetime of needles and blood drawing and tests and doctors and the inevitable deterioration of my bodily systems assuming I didn’t first slip into a coma and/or die from guessing wrong with my insulin.  

The thought that within a few years I could be cured, that I could live NORMALLY again without all those limitations and expenses and FEAR, is so overwhelming to me. 

Stem cell research is so important you guys. This is really the future.