...or is the overwhelming availability of information on the 'net just leading us to think so?
When I first joined Tu, I asked a question about a cure, and the overwhelming sentiment was that they've been saying "just five more years..." every five years since the Truman administration. [for those outside of the United States: 1945 to 1953]. Everyone seemed to grow in disbelief of these false promises, and gave up hope it would ever happen.
Nowadays, everywhere I turn I seem to be more in tune to various methods being undertaken by researchers to cure T1D: islet encapsulation, beta regeneration, DiaPep, BCG, T-Cells, Skin Cells, Stem Cells. The techniques and approaches are much more diverse than I ever could have imagined.
My Facebook page news feed keeps growing to include entries from JDRF, JDCA, DRI, and so forth, constantly feeding me with little nuggets of hope.
It has been getting my hopes up.
But should it be? Other than the explosion of online social media, what's changed? Diabetes is still not among the high-profile causes that trigger massive outpourings of donations. The political climate still isn't one that emphasizes T1 as a big deal, and the FDA is as overly cautious as they've ever been. Big Pharma is still making Big Bucks off of our care, and many still think they are the Big Roadblock.
So, are we really closer than we were ten, fifteen years ago, or is the ease of distributing information to the masses via social media just making me think that we are? Are even the most pessimistic of pessimists starting to believe that there might be good news someday?