June was bustin’ out all over …. much like the show tune from Carousel, my June was full of excitement and lots of activity.
I started the month in Washington DC for the Consortium for MS Centers annual meeting. It was a wonderful conference and I appreciate the extra efforts everyone made to accommodate me and my scooter. The bad news was I woke on the last day with a pain that turned out to be shingles, and I am still suffering from serious neuropathic pain.
I took a pass on another PCORI meeting trip in June, due to the shingles. Resting up was the best medicine for me and I tried to be smart about that.
The good folks at Ohio Health, where I go for my MS treatment, hosted a patient education event and I had the good fortune of being asked to moderate these two programs. It was my chance to talk about patient engagement – how we can be the leader of our own health care, and of course a few plugs for iConquerMS™. The program details were handled by Stuart Schlossman and the team at MS Views and News.
I traveled to Philadelphia at the end of the month for DIA Global meeting. I was there as a patient fellow and learned a lot about that side of the pharma industry, including they weren’t particularly accommodating to patients, especially ones who were using a mobility scooter to get around. However I didn’t care because this is one gigantic complex and I needed that extra edge. I left on Saturday, and returned home Thursday to wrap up my month of June.
My new column, Engaging Thoughts, on Multiple Sclerosis News Today, debuted the last Monday of June. You can find the intro at http://multiplesclerosisnewstoday.com/category/engaging-thoughts-ms-blog/ as well as my first weekly column.
The month didn’t seem so busy and crazy to me as I went through the days but looking back I can clearly see my June was bustin’ out. I wonder what I can cram into July.