Thanks for all of your varied responses.
I think Jonathan kind if hit what I was aiming towards with this question. Many of us think, at times, that we would do ANYTHING to rid ourselves of this disease. So I picked a high dollar amount, plus a high emotional toll (separation from life as we know it). And for some of us, we can beg, borrow, or steal the money (I don’t advocate theft, by the way), but we can never get back the time and experiences we might miss while going through the treatment.
In my case, I’m sure with the help of family (and second mortgages, and skimping in other areas) I could scrounge up the $250k - and I’m fortunate in that regard. After all, how much will diabetes cost me in the years to come otherwise? But would I be willing to miss out on a year of watching my son grow up (years 1 1/2 through 2 1/2), and have my wife try to tackle the task alone? I’m not so sure I’m willing to do that. At the same time, if it give me a better shot at watching my son marry and have kids of his own, perhaps it (the time away) is a small price to pay.
It’s interesting to see the responses which state that diabetes is the life they know, a part of them that they might miss if it were gone. I really never expected to see that at all.
So the question stands: (forget the $250k/1 year for a moment). How much money, and how much time, would make it worth it for you? Would you take out a loan, a second mortgage, spend time away from the life as you know it, knowing you could return home to a diabetes-free life?