Thursday, September 23, 2010
AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!
I was actually shocked to see that the resounding answer was no.
Have people waited so long, heard so many "We've almost got it," been so beaten down by the day to day dealing with poking fingers and shooting insulin that they've lost hope?
If you ask a group of people with cancer if they think there will be a cure, they will resoundingly say yes.
Why the difference?
Of course, after doing so much research on diabetes cures for Some Kind of Normal, I couldn't help but chime in. There are SO many avenue's being looked at right now, and we really are, truly, so close.
And one of the moms countered back: "Like what? Name one."
Me: "Adult stem cell research is already curing people in other countries."
Her: "I'd never let my son be immunosuppressed."
(Can I break here to say this is the main treatment for leukemia, and has been done successfully for many years with bone marrow transplants?)
Me: "Well, Dr. Faustman has found a vaccine that's worked on reversing type 1."
Her: "Have you seen the chemical in that? They're very dangerous."
Me: "It's a commonly used vaccine."
Her: "Well, they haven't gotten past the mice stage, and everything works on mice."
Me: "Actually, this is the only thing that's successfully reversed diabetes in mice."
Her: "My son is not a mouse."
Me: "Did I say he was? You brought up mice. She's past that and has had great success in the 1st human trials."
Her: "It's a long way from working."
I sighed, because what can you do with someone who doesn't WANT to believe? What I really wanted to tell her was that the question was whether or not we could find a cure, not whether or not she would like any of the cures they found.
Heidi the Hick passed on to me this morning this AMAZING video of a Canadian morning talk show segment in which the host and an actor previously battling cancer explore a lab where adult stem cells are being used to create new hearts (!!!) and produce insulin. The actor herself underwent adult stem cell therapy in which they extracted some of her own stem cells and tweaked them and now she is in a very solid remission. There was a shot of BEATING HEART CELLS!! Did I say AMAZING!!!?
The host of the show literally had his jaw dropped the entire time. It is that incredible. It is that possible. We are that close to cures.
And they echoed the same thing I say all the time: Why isn't EVERYONE talking about this???
If you want to see the video here is the link. I don't know how long it will be up, but if it's not the top video when you click on it, find the link on the side for "Lisa Ray and Seamus explore stem cells." It was the best five minutes of the morning.
Here is another link I found from the same news program about the success of adult stem cell treatment in reversing MS in a patient. This is especially encouraging to me because I have a very dear friend in the early stages of MS. Another great five minutes of time.
Because no matter how bad things get, or how long you've waited, there should always be HOPE.