What Are You Grateful For?
Here we are, halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a season in which we
are all encouraged to count our blessings. But having the blessings is just the beginning, the lucky part. Recognizing them, and being grateful for them, is the real skill.
We all know people who can grumble over the slightest inconvenience (what we
sometimes call “first world problems”). It’s a blessing in itself to be able to see things
in perspective and enjoy what you have.
And that becomes all the more important when life hands you challenges. Being in
this industry, we are keenly aware of how many people are struggling with condi-
tions and diseases, short- and long-term, that steal from their ability to live fully. That’s why quality of
life has become such an important goal in healthcare. We want to help patients to make the most of
Even more poignant is the fact that, sooner or later, we will all come up against these challenges, affecting a loved one…or ourselves.
And that’s why we run the Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Innovations every year. These are just the tip of the
iceberg of advances emerging across the healthcare landscape, therapies and inventions that often took
genius and years to develop, and that will alleviate suffering for so many around the world.
Making diabetes more manageable. Reducing the effects of sleep apnea (which can have serious effects
on sufferers). New frontiers in gene therapy. Cutting back on artery-clogging cholesterol. Improvements
in vaccines, breast cancer therapies, and more. Somewhere on that list is a leap forward that will affect
someone close to you, or perhaps is doing so already.
And there are many more, further down the list, attacking the thousands of ills that beset us. We often feature these in HS&M when we celebrate the contributions of leaders in the industry. It’s these innovations
that keep us all inspired, that make us feel a part of the progress being made all the time in healthcare.
I’m thankful for all of it, and for the opportunity to make these innovations known to others. I hope you
And always, please keep the feedback coming. It all goes to making the magazine better for all of us.
Cari Kraft, Publisher
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