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Arden's Day Blog

Arden's Day is a type I diabetes care giver blog written by author Scott Benner. Scott has been a stay-at-home dad since 2000, he is the author of the award winning parenting memoir, 'Life Is Short, Laundry Is Eternal'. Arden's Day is an honest and transparent look at life with diabetes - since 2007.

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Type I Diabetes CURED (In mice)

Scott Benner

Dear Scientists,

I know that it must be difficult to find research money for your study and I understand that you are under pressure to generate excitement about your work.

I'm also extremely grateful to anyone who is trying to find a cure for type I diabetes. I don't want you to stop looking or collecting grants and donors, but I do need you to do one small favor for me, well, actually for everyone who is touched by type I diabetes.

STOP publishing your "exciting" news about curing lab mice!

You see, when I open my laptop and read your story about how you coaxed a cell into producing insulin, I shrug and go about my business because my daughter has been living with diabetes for a very long time and I've seen a thousand articles just like yours. I know not to get excited - I know that you're fishing for donors. I understand that you are trying to justify the space that you take up in some lab. I get what the price of doing business is, I empathize.

But how about having some compassion for the countless families who are new to type I diabetes, maybe you shouldn't be getting their hopes up just to break their hearts all over again. Maybe, you should just shut up until you figure out a way to help a person. These stories hurt people. Parents, adults, friends and family. People are crushed when you lift them so high, only to drop them down onto their reality. The next time I hear you talk about a mouse, it better be because you figured out how to use that "cure" you found in a person. We have feelings, consider them.