Over the next week or so I plan on writing a crude FAQ to supplement the 2014 Medicine X ePatient Scholarship Application, which can be found here. I want to recall my hesitations before applying myself two years ago and do my best to assure you that applying for the scholarship is the right thing to do. For now you’re just going to have to take my word for it.
In addition to that side project, I’m going to be moderating two Google Hangouts in the coming weeks that will also aim to answer questions and motivate the fence sitters to apply for a scholarship for next year’s conference. If, after all of that content, you’re still unsure if you’re the right fit for Medicine X, feel free to reach out to me directly. One of my roles as an ePatient Advisor is to help make the upcoming conference as great as it can be, but that can’t happen without people like you, my eager-reader, applying and hopefully attending the 2014 sessions.
December means it’s time for the annual WordPress Snow Plugin to take effect. Ironically enough, the primary background color on this blog is the same color as the “snowflakes”. If it looks like your monitor is freaking out, trust that it’s me, not you.
December also means I’m inching closer to the big drive across the country. As I continue to prioritize the list of things I need to get done before hitting the road, the one item that remains at the top of the list is figuring out how to get the cats safely across the country in my car while also maximizing comfort. I’m not keen on keeping them in their carriers for 10-11 hours at a time, but I know that giving them free reign of most of the car presents its own set of challenges.
The current gameplan is to pack everything of importance in my trunk to give the girls the entire back seat to themselves. While I’m still determining the best approach for their litter box, and food situation, I know the most important aspect of this is their comfort with being in the car for an extended period of time. Building that comfort means test drives are required, which is exactly what happened yesterday.
Thankful for these two trouble makers.
Thankful for friends and family.
Especially thankful to be moving to San Francisco in January.
I know a place.
The weather report for the next few days calls for a wintery mix and high winds.
Four years ago I met a girl for cupcakes. I haven’t left her alone since.
This past August she moved to San Francisco to start an exciting new job.
In January, I’m packing up the cats and we’re driving across the country.
If you know anyone that’s hiring in the Bay Area, please let me know.
Quite frankly: I doubt I’m truly worthy of something like this.
I wrote this last March after applying for an ePatient scholarship to attend Medicine X in 2012. Those of you that have stuck around since then know how that story has gone since then: attending the 2012 conference, attending and moderating a panel at the 2013 conference, a whole bunch of podcasts and a few tweets here and there about my experiences.
Being part of Medicine X has done a lot to focus the patient advocacy part of my brain. I know I’ve come a long way, and it makes me happy to openly recognize this. But this story isn’t over yet.
I’ve been added to the Medicine X ePatient Advisory Board. Cool, huh?
I’m thankful to have a job that affords me the opportunity to work from home when necessary.
The fact that I get to sit next to this face was also quite pleasant.
In a world….
This has nothing to with diabetes, but it has everything to do with things that are awesome.
I can’t think of anything else to add to what Kerri said about the importance of the online community. You should just watch this.
Well said, Kerri.
I saw this on my Facebook Timeline after recording another episode of my podcast, Just Talking. I’m glad I saw this after the recording. I don’t think I would have been able to focus on the conversation if I did things in a different order.
This is mind blowing, incredibly humbling, and worth every second of your time (the video is about 5 minutes long).