Actually, T1 can be cured in lab mice already. It's just that human pancreases are not as simple as mouse pancreases. And yeah... I got the same story when Eric was Dx'd. His endocrinologist, a very smart man, put the time frame at 10 years, 4 years of which have now passed. I have heard enough to know that there are amazing breakthroughs being made, but (and this is not cynicism, it's realism) I also know that there is no financial incentive on the part of the businesses who have the deep pockets to search for a cure. There is a story (which I'm unable to verify) that Denise Faustman of Harvard, the researcher who is working on restoring beta cell functionality using a vaccine originally developed for TB, brought her highly promising results to each of the major pharmaceutical companies in a quest for funding, and was told bluntly that they had no interest in it as it would not be profitable long term. And, from a business perspective, I can see the point. From a human perspective, it's atrocious.
Even if they found the cure tomorrow, there would be 5 years of testing to do before it could be approved for use in humans, and another 5 years of data collection before it could be approved in children. Eric will be an adult by the time it's available for kids his age. So I'm not holding my breath. Just trying to get through each day's challenges is enough.