Thanks for posting the link.
This interests me because I am also a Type 1 diabetic, since age 10 or 11 (just turned 50 two days ago). Also the local connection (Kim being a patroller at Crystal and her family's ownership of several ski areas, inlcuding Crystal Mt.),
Daily insulin shots; I've got a current routine of 5 injections a day, Lantus for long acting and Novolog with meals. While Lantus is a supposedly a once-a-day insulin, I split it into two doses 12 hours apart since it works better for me. Also, when I'm physically active (skiing, for example) I don't need the Novolog. All this requires using a glucose monitor several times a day, and more often when circumstances dictate (large meals, desserts, increase or decrease in phsycial activity).
I've also been pretty physcially active over the years. Physical activity and sports has to be taken with some forethought. I can't tell you how many times I had low blood sugar reactions when being physiclly active. I think I've got it down pretty well these days. That said, I never ski without a glucose monitor, extra insulin, snacks and Vitamin water, which is why I always ski with my backpack. If I were to ever start backcountry I'd need a bigger pack for more of the same as well as all the BC essentials.
Sorry if this is too much information. It's just that it is an everyday management task that get complicated at times. Effective, affordable islet transplants would make life a whole lot simpler. Even though I've been pretty healthy over the years, I have still had complications from diabetes (laser eye surgeries for retinopathy, most recently last December, early risk of kidney disease; etc).So yes, it would be great to have a cure in our lifetime. Crossing my fingers.
Regardless, I'm planning to increase my skiing time each year.