Altruism is unselfish concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures, and a core aspect of various religious traditions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism among others.
You know that we at DiabetesHealth have been asking you to make sure you take care of your own healthcare needs… and of course to inform others, so that they may learn from you and your actions. But while we are full of Olympic pride and national solidarity, now let’s see what we can do for our country, or the world, for that matter. What if each of us took it upon ourselves to do something unexpected and altruistic? Would the idea have a viral spread, like in the movie Pay it Forward?
Even if it starts with one small act, just think about the potential. Talking to your child’s class or grandchild’s class about diabetes, or to your neighbors perhaps, you might start the ball rolling, inducing others to start talking and spreading the word. How many people with pre-diabetes would then be made aware of the complications associated with diabetes and start doing something to prevent it?
Maybe the unselfish act would not only help the person or group in need, but also make us feel better ourselves. I know that I sure felt better about the world around me when crossing over the golden gate bridge a few days ago, I paid my toll and then also paid for the person behind me.
In our new Feb/March – Olympics/Valentine’s Day print issue, Kris Freeman, the first Olympian with type 1 diabetes to compete in the endurance sport of cross country skiing, has shared his story about what it is like to follow your dreams regardless of the obstacles in place, and to share his optimism. Working with Eli Lily, Kris spends time traveling around the country talking with kids about their aspirations and diabetes. He wants his story to inspire other people with type 1 diabetes to follow their own dreams.
“Diabetes doesn’t have to hold you back.”
We also have information on “Good Insulin Injection Practices”, and an “Open Letter to Healthcare Professionals”, in which Rachel Garlinghouse shares her experience in dealing with type 1 diabetes and trying to educate others, including care givers.
The “Etiquette for people without diabetes” feature explains Dr. Bill Polonsky’s attempt to help those with diabetes share information with those who don’t have diabetes.
Finally, we share the story of Marlene Koch, an author, educator, and registered dietician, who works to help folks eat healthier. She started out as a culinary nutritionist, teaching nutrition to chefs and healthy cooking to the public.
Sharing your story with others may be the best way to help improve the welfare of others. Use what you know, and share your knowledge. If we all did this, the world might just be a better place for all.