I agree with your optimism and how the JDCA is applying a disciplined approach to shaking off the accumulated complacency delaying the inevitable cure. Having read their publications and analyzing their approach, I've changed my approach to living with diabetes.
When I was first diagnosed, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial had just been published. At the time is was groundbreaking for finally making a statistical connection between blood glucose levels and the probability of having complications. The guidance I received was long term in nature, i.e.: keep your A1C low to avoid problems years later. After some thought, I've changed my approach: keep my glucose low NOW and the A1C will be better. The result is that I have an hour to hour approach. I don't do anything different with testing, eating, etc. - I just keep my thinking in the moment.
I also took some time to think of all the things we do every hour and every day. It is an impressive catalog.
One test at a time.
One meal at a time.
One bolus at a time.
Repeat as needed.
As diabetes survivors, there is so much that we do to live, learn and survive. We take more blood glucose tests in a day than most folks do in a lifetime. Before we pumped, a flu shot was just another injection - not the once a year shot that lesser mortals fear. How many shoppers can tell you that a cup of lite yoghurt they are looking at knows it has 16 grams of carbohydrate without looking? Would a psychologist include hypoglycemia as a possible cause of anxiety and confusion? How many insurance agents can explain insurance reimbursements for diabetes supplies like we can? How many statisticians track the ups and downs of their blood chemistries with the precision or understanding that we bring to the table?
We do very special things every day - often without thinking. The demands of living with a potentially deadly disease are huge, but we still manage to that while trying to live a normal life. How many people can do that? How many people who know or love us watch with admiration and amazement yet rarely mention it?
We ARE diabetes survivors!