Do you pay it forward when you can? I do my best to when given the opportunity. Friday I got to pay it forward while I was at work. I work in a call center for a major cell phone provider. While talking to one of my customers on Friday about why his bill was so much higher this month, he mentioned in conversation that his 16 year old daughter was recently released from the hospital after being very sick from her diabetes. He didn’t yet know what I do as a diabetes advocate.
I kinda got side tracked from helping him about his bill, and started asking him questions about his daughter and her diabetes. She’s 16 now, and was dx around 9 years old. She had started to take care of her diabetes herself, but it got out of hand, causing her to get sick for many reasons. Then I explained to him that I’ve been type 1 since I was 2 years old, and that I’m now 44, and I’m an online diabetes advocate. I’m not allowed to give him my contact information so I just suggested he Google “rich the diabetic” to find me online, and to have his daughter read my story because she might not be as lucky as me. This is why I blog. I save people from themselves by sharing my story, before it happens to them. To inspire them to live positively with diabetes. I told him about some other resources, and about the diabetic online community, which may be a big help to his daughter, and to his whole family.
His bill wasn’t very high compared to most customers, so I worked some magic, I corrected his bill, finished up the call, and he asked me how he can thank me for all the help with his bill and his daughter. I just said “pay it forward man, just pay it forward”. Later that night, his wife and his daughter contacted me. If you’re watching ladies, I hope that you find the support you need, and please say hello to your father/husband for me. *waves*
Doesn’t it feel amazing when you pay it forward? Make the commitment to pay it forward next week. Do something big for someone. Something they can’t do for themselves. Then ask them to pay it forward.