Meeting multiple myeloma patients from other parts of the country always pumps me up!
OK. Sure my connecting flight from Chicago was cancelled Monday afternoon, due to mechanical difficulties–so three other passengers and I rented a car and drove the 89 miles to Columbia, South Carolina so I wouldn’t miss the meeting. Shouldn’t the airlines have a few back-up aircraft at the ready in case something goes wrong? Don’t get me started…
And yes, my flight the next morning to Minneapolis was delayed due to bad weather in Chicago, forcing me to fly on a different airline through Atlanta instead.
Since St. Cloud is north and west of the Twin Cities, I then had to rent a car and hurriedly drive almost two hours to make the 6 PM support group meeting. I arrived “fashionably late.”
But none of that matters. When I look out across the room and peer into the eyes of those patients and caregivers, I instantly feel rested and invigorated!
No matter how tired I am. No matter how I’ve had to travel to get there, I feel inspired and alive every time I walk up to the podium.
I’m supposed to be the “inspirational” speaker. I don’t know about that, but I can tell you I’m inspired!
To share a special bond like ours–fighting multiple myeloma–is heartwarming to say the least.
My favorite part of any trip is meeting patients and caregivers one on one. Listening to their stories. Learning about their journeys. More often than not I discover we have a lot in common.
Getting to know caregivers is especially rewarding. I understand that I’m projecting, but all of this can be so hard on them. Caregivers ROCK!
What a special, humbling opportunity…
YES! It’s all worth it. The risk of infection. The long hours traveling and being herded onto planes designed for far fewer passengers than the airlines try to squeeze on.
I’m always inspired to write on my way home. I return determined to help get my new friends the help and information they need.
That’s why I’m already working on books number three and four. That’s what makes it all worthwhile. Thanks for reading!
Specifics to follow in a few days. Feel good and keep smiling! Pat