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There are 20 comments on Hope for the Battle against Type 1 Diabetes

  1. My son Max was diagnosed at age 11 and just turned 17. Wears a pump and cgm but plays a lot of soccer and risk of hypoglycemia weighs on all of us. I am so excited about this technology and am a big fan and supporter of Ed for his love and care of his son and his passion and drive to develop this technology and Beta Bonics.

    1. My daughter was diagnosed at the age of 11. In the beginning they said it was Type II, shortly after a Type 2. She is now 23. We have had so much trouble with her sugars, I could sit and cry. Dr. after Dr. have prescribed more long term dosages and carb counts with sliding scales, I can’t begin to repeat. Last fall, the Dr. that was the best and cared more about her, followed her crazy sugars for months. After seeing them, he said they looked like a Type I. Blood work basically proved wrong. There’s too much for me to ever tell you in this comment. My daughter desperately wanted a pump, unfortunately the price was totally out of our reach. I am a critical care RN and have taken care of several severe DKA’s, and even with my knowledge and reading material and talking to Dr’s I deal with, everyone remains baffled.
      If there is any possible way I could speak to Ed Damiano so I could explain everything I can’t here, I would be forever in your debt. If there is anything I can possibly do, I’m your’s. I’m on disability due to cancer and multiple complications, so I’m here.

      1. By the way, I forgot to tell you. I Dr. that my daughter and I were seeing passed away at the age of 54 in April. He was not only a fantastic physician he was a dear friend. I had the most wonderful experience working beside him in a CCU.

  2. My son was just diagnosed. He’s just 11. I am praying this comes to all of the us quickly. I am so thankful it has stayed out of the hands of those who profit from our children’s illness. we are waiting!!

    1. My son is 11; diagnosed at 7. He is living an awesome life and we are so proud of him everyday. This would be a game changer. We have been watching Dr Damiano’s work for four years anxiously awaiting the bionic pancreas. He really is a rock star to parents of type 1s and deservedly so. As parents we all wish we could do something to take away the burden of this disease and he is actually doing it. When this is approved, he and his team deserve a Nobel prize.

    2. I am pleased as you are about the project being in the hands of people who know how devastating this disease is and having to watch your child grow up with little to no progress in the field until these wonderful and totally amazing people came along. God bless all of you and your child that fight this horrendous disease.

  3. My son Wyatt is 4 he was diagnosed 5 months ago. Thank you Ed and all involved. I worry night and day like most parents who live with this. It gives me hope and peace of mind knowing great things are coming out of Beta Bionics. May God bless your families and work. Thank you from the Whitten family

  4. My son has done amazing with his t1d for ten years. He is 19. My boyfriend for 36 years is very healthy. He is 49. Please keep working and know we pray for your success everyday. We need a cure. God bless you all

  5. I have been type 1 diabetic since June of 1962 , at which time I was only 22 months old . This technology needs as much help as we can afford to treat this horrible health issue .

  6. My 7 year old daughter was diagnosed almost 2 years ago and to say it turned our lives upside down is an understatement. The general public does not realize just how consuming and life threatening this disease is. I pray this technology becomes available to us soon and to those of us fighting this disease in Canada.

    1. Hi Maritta, just 2 days back my nephew who is just three and half year old is diagnosed with diabetes. Though I’m a Type 1 (last 18 years and now 33) but we don’t know how to manage such a young child who refuses to let us inject and do the testing. He resists strongly, starts crying and gets angry. Could you please guide us how you managed and managing your daughter?

  7. My son was diagnosed at 3, he is now 15. Between the ages of 11 and 14 he grew so quickly and so much that we had little control over his numbers. Things have gotten better but diabetes has led to so much worry and tension in our home. This device sounds amazing. I cried while reading this. Thank you so much to the brilliant, determined people working on this. I will get a second mortgage on our home if that’s what it takes to get my son on this when it eventually comes on the market.


  9. Our son was diagnosed 3 months ago and I like all Type 1 parents have read so much and watch a lot of research going on. To me this is the most promising project that will give us all hope for an amazing device to give our kids and everyone suffering this horrible disease a light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel. Thank you to everyone involved and I can’t wait to see where this goes in the near future. I also hope we get the opportunity to see it in Australia when publicly available.

  10. This could also be very beneficial for people who have an inoperable tumour in their pancreas. The device could be used after the pancreas is removed……VERY EXCITING!! My brother is fighting for his life because of a tumour in the body of the pancreas.

  11. Next month, it will be 50 years since I was diagnosed. I was 9 years old and in the 5th grade. No one in the family had it. I do now have a nephew who has type 1, also. The technological changes over 50 years is fantastic. I’ve been on pump therapy for 7 1/2 years. Sure is nice!

  12. I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 in 1964. I am now 65 years old and have been on the insulin pump for 15 years. I am so grateful for all the research and changes that have taken place over these many years regarding diabetes and am excited about this research also. This disease can be very complicated to manage but I have found that accepting my condition and doing the best I can while managing a good attitude has helped me along the way. I have a very supportive husband and he has walked beside me all the way with managing my diabetes.

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