According to the ADA, the total annual economic cost of diabetes in the USA in 2007 was estimated to be $174 billion. On March 9, 2009, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order removing the limitations on federal funding of research involving embryonic stem cells that had been in place since August 2001. I know this is old news, but I was online today browsing Diabetes Research (again) and dreaming that there will be a cure sometime during my daughter's life. This makes me so much more hopeful. Even if most of the research is being done for adults and not children, she'll be an adult soon enough and one of my main concerns now, is how having this diseaes all these years, will effect her later in life. As she gets older, it'll only get worse. Right now we have hopes that a cure will be found. But imagine if I could tell her, that once you're this age, you can get this cure. That would be something to look forward to.