Dr. Urano's Blog

Swear to Give People Hope

Dr. Freireich said, “You swear to give people hope.”

Today I would like to begin by thanking everyone who has been reading my blogs. I checked the statistics function of my blogs yesterday and found something unexpected. Several thousand people read my blogs every week! Why? I don’t know, but I was so moved and surprised. I am so glad that many people are interested in Wolfram syndrome and Type 1 Diabetes. Thank you so much. I feel grateful.

I was reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book, David and Goliath. This book describes “Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.” I am an underdog and battling giants, Wolfram syndrome and Type 1 Diabetes. So I really enjoyed reading this book. I was struck by a story of Dr. Emil “Jay” Freireich. He was an immigrant doctor and absolutely an underdog. He said, “As a doctor, you have to figure out a way to help them, because people must have hope to live. You swear to give people hope. That’s your job.” Dr. Freireich discovered a novel treatment for acute leukemia and saved many people’s lives. He received Albert Lasker Medical Research Award in 1972.