Let’s have some fun!  I closed Wednesday’s upbeat post this way:

So, have I helped motivate you to set a goal and join me on my quest to beat the odds?  Let’s all agree to get together and share our goals and swap multiple myeloma war stories sometime in the future.  Pick a date and time–along with a dreamy tropical location–and we’ll all meet there for a fun weekend.  We can enjoy some down time, watch the sunset and help motivate each other stick to our long-term survival plans.

How about sometime in the winter of 2020?  That’s a nice round number!

I couldn’t stop thinking about the possibilities.  But the more I reflected, the more I wanted to share an overwhelming sentiment that has been flooding my inbox.  WHY WAIT?

Reader Bill O’ Halloran’s comment got me thinking:

I’d like to join you and the other survivors on this celebratory weekend. I’m sure we’ll all have a lot more stories to share between now and then. I’m not exactly putting it on my calendar yet, but it is something to look forward to.

Why not put it on the calendar?  Why wait to get together until 2020?  Why not get together right away?  You know, a kick-off party for myeloma survivors.

In a past life, meeting planner was part of my job description.  And Pattie and I live in Florida.  It’s perfect!  Here’s what I propose:

tropical resortI will find a great waterfront spot here in Florida, negotiate an exceptionally low group room rate and then as many can afford it–and feel up to traveling–can  make the trip.

OK; the group is dwindling in size already.  But anyone left standing can join me and Pattie for a cold drink and a few warm days on the beach.

I’m thinking late next January or sometime in February?  Maybe some of you myeloma snowbirds will still be around to drop by.  Hopefully some others will get crazy and drive or even fly down to join the fun.

I loved meeting with a group of 70 IMF support group leaders last July.  July?  In Dallas?  But the IMF runs a pretty tight ship, and the agenda was packed!  Not enough time to visit and get to know each other.

This weekend would be all social.  No break-out sessions or panel of experts.  Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few myeloma docs stopped by.  And maybe I can convince Danny Parker to join us and share some nutritional and wellness tips.  But that’s not the primary purpose.

I’m inspired whenever I get a chance to meet one of my readers.  We have so much to share and never enough time to do it!  That’s the goal for the weekend.  Visit, share–and leave refreshed, motivated and inspired!

Maybe you can help me name our whimsical weekend.  As always, your suggestions are welcome.  I will do everything I can to keep costs down.  This won’t be a luxury affair.  A party for the myeloma masses!  Drop the “C” word at the right time and upgrades can really stack-up!

Let me know what you think.  Comment or email me at: [email protected]

Feel good, keep smiling and start saving your pennies for our tropical survival get-together!

Stay tuned for ASCO; back at noon- Pat