M.Y.O.B. vs the Desire to Help: Does Concern Ever Win Over Respecting Privacy?
- By Wendy Cohan
- Published 09/22/2008
An RN for 14 years, I have been following a strict gluten-free diet for six years of improving health! Now I help others as a Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance Educator. I work one on one with people on meal planning, shopping, cooking and dining out gluten-free. I will also work with children who have behavioral issues related to gluten or other food sensitivities. My book "Gluten-Free PORTLAND" is a comprehensive resource guide to the gluten-free diet and is available on my website www.glutenfreechoice.com. My other websites are: www.WellBladder.com and www.neighborhoodnurse.net.
I am a highly intuitive person, and I often used my intuitive abilities as a nurse on a busy surgical floor. When my inner wisdom told me what was going on with a patient, I never failed to listen, and advocate for what I felt was in the patient's best interest. But, I'm not in that environment anymore, and John Q. Public is not one of my patients. Still, sometimes I feel as if I ought to say something. Do you think it is ever appropriate to do so? Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease are still not part of the common vocabulary. The people I counsel and that take my cooking classes have all navigated long, circuitous paths to finally get a diagnosis. How great it would be to help steer someone in the right direction, maybe skipping years of frustration and ill health! But, I am by nature a reserved person, brought up to respect the privacy of others. Is there a graceful way to intervene and provide information on gluten sensitivity to relative strangers? That is the question I pose, and I look forward to reading any responses.
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