Corporately, CWD was purchased by Johnson and Johnson for the main goal of expansion. Is there really any one organization that cares so much about kids with diabetes taking control of their lives than CWD? It's so great that the adults have both dLife and Dr. Steve Edelman's TCOYD to help them; but the kids are well taken care of with CWD and their many conferences. Rest assured with Jeff Hitchcock at the helm, the CWD focus will NEVER change.

And finally, as I thought about diabetes in 2008, I would be remiss in not mention the DRI's actually calling a conference about research "Hype or Hope". Now as a disclaimer here, I now am a member of the Foundation Team as their Vice President. But to be even clearer, it is the DRI's direct attitude such as this that encouraged me back to this team. Do not take my word for it, search yourself - the DRI is not only about islet cell transplantation. This magnificent meeting in New York was one of the best ever in both education and presenting the research arena in the most frank and honest give-and-take discussion ever. Attendees are STILL talking about it. I was thinking about 2008 so much I forgot we were in the room together.

"My, my, 2008. Out of all the years that have come and gone how I wish I could keep you around to show you what you started. But I cannot. I've no choice but to let you go so that 2009 may be given a chance. It's how we work. It's out of my hands. There was still not a cure for diabetes in 2008 and that is the one goal to keeping you on."

2008, obviously shaken, spoke. "Are you saying that when a cure is found, that year will be entitled to stay?"

"I'm saying that when a cure is found, that year will be remembered forever. You were very good, 2008 but you must move on, plain and simple."

2009 was close by, and I could see the movement outside my office door.

2008 stood up and looked directly at me.

"It was a good run." "2008, I know there were many things on your plate this year with economic melt downs, bailouts, and so many more non-diabetes' events. I've never said this before to any other year except when insulin was created. Even though you came up short at the end, you were a good year 2008 and you gave 2009 much to work with. You'll be missed." 2008 left and the door closed behind him.

I looked out the window and cried.

It's tough being a Diabetes Dad.

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dLife's Viewpoints columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences, most often at a set point in time. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team before acting on anything you read here to find out what will work best for you.

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