He and his wife, who just two years ago also was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, worry about the long-term complications of the disease -- the blindness, kidney disease, nerve disease, amputations, heart disease and stroke.
"I try to block those thoughts out, but they're there," Wright says.
Wright supports research aimed at better understanding diabetes -- in fact, he works as a research assistant in the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center, hoping that the investigators there will find new ways to treat or even cure the disease. But when it comes to embryonic stem cell research, oft-cited as having the potential to cure diabetes, he hesitates. continued..