As you know, if you have read some of these blogs, I have had Type 1 diabetes since age 14. I am now 45. I believe I am in the process of healing from the disease. Notice I did not say I am curing myself. A cure is coming and people are working on a cure. I have realized that it is my role, my responsibility to heal not to cure. This perspective has sent me down a few roads I would like to share in this post. Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune deficiency disease. The immune system is designed to attack invaders. The deficiency is that it somehow decided that the cells that produce insulin are bad and therefore killed them off and continues to kill them off. As I understand it this is one of the problems with stem cell implants. The immune system still sees the insulin producing cells as foreign invaders and proceeds to attack and rid them from the body. The result is catastrophic; complete system failure. Thanks to medical science the path of curing disease has been established and continues to progress. Injectable insulin allows the body to survive and blood glucose testing allows us to gain good control. But why? Why has the immune system wrongly identified these cells for termination? I know that there are some medical explanations and genetic faults that perhaps allow it but why? The answer to why is what has driven my healing process and I have a few clues.1. I have concluded that there is part of me that does not want to survive in this form, at this time. 2. I have concluded that there is an issue of addiction. Think about it. We need to inject, get our “fix” or be “hooked” to a pump. 3. There is an issue of balance. The result of the disease is an imbalance of a critical system in the body and the means to survive involves an ongoing balancing act.The cure will come only when the healing has begun.