Imagine a world where the artificial pancreas is available to everyone who needs it. A world where we wake up in the morning, our blood glucose is reset. A world where we don't have to stop and think all the time. A world where we get a guaranteed A1c in target that will protect us from complications. Imagine the 'health dividend' that the artificial pancreas will create – that would have an enormous long-term impact on healthcare costs. Imagine equally as much change as we have seen since our last meeting in 2010. We look forward to watching our world, following it, writing about it, and to preparing to live a life that is more normal, healthy, productive, and predictable.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][Kelly Close (diaTribe, San Francisco, CA)](http://diatribe.us/issues/54/quotable-quotes) on how an artificial pancreas would be life-changing for people with type 1 diabetes. Her comments were met with a round of applause at the FDA/JDRF/NIH Workshop on Innovation Towards an Artificial Pancreas, Bethesda, MD, April 9-10, 2013.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

I was at Great Adventure today (Six Flags to those outside of New Jersey) with my family. We attended an event to help 2011 JDRF Walk for the Cure team captains get started with their fund-raising campaign. After learning about new registration procedures for the year we were invited to make use of the park.

I used to love roller coasters. I used to love riding Rolling Thunder and the Scream Machine. No more. I suffer from bouts of vertigo and today I had a mild spell. When you can barely keep balance while standing still, it’s usually not a good idea to get onto a device designed to send my inner ear into warp factor six.