Oh, the People You'll Meet - Part Two

When I was planning my speech content for the 2017 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care in Baltimore, I didn’t realize that the delivery was going to be a podcasted interview with Matt Cavallo, founder of the Patient Activation Network. As I said in my previous blog post, the people I met at the conference were such gifts to me. Meeting Matt was one of the biggest, going far beyond the benefits of being a guest on his popular podcast. Matt is more than a masterful interviewer; he also has years of experience on the difficult road of chronic illness and being a patient. He knows. He listens, he shares and he changes lives because of what he has faced—and continues to fa

Oh, the People You'll Meet - Part One

I spoke and exhibited at the 2017 Planetree International Conference on Patient-Centered Care in Baltimore on October 16th and 17th. I was excited and humbled to have an audience of medical professionals so interested in hearing my perspective. My topic, “Ten Things You Might Not Know About Special Needs Parents and Caregivers”, was prompted by experiences as Nora’s grandmother, some of which are captured in my memoir, Waking Up with Nora. Full of intention and open to all possibilities for how the conference might be a springboard to other opportunities, it turns out that the true gifts were the people I met. I think you’ll agree when I introduce you to them. These people inspired me with t

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