Scott and I spent this past weekend at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago. It was amazing to see so many oncologists and researchers in one place. It was even more exciting to see some of the researchers who have crowdfunding projects on Consano. Dr. Robert Doebele of University of Colorado was there presenting his lung cancer research, Dr. Kimmie Ng of Dana Farber was there for Colorectal Cancer, Dr. Don Dizon gave a talk about survivorship in gynecological cancer patients, and we got to see them all in person (versus our usual Skype, email and calls)!

It was nice to see a representation of patient advocates at the meeting, particularly on Sunday, National Cancer Survivors Day, as many patient advocates (like myself) are also cancer survivors. Or have been a caregiver to a family member with cancer. Or have lost someone they loved to cancer. Or all of the above. I participated in an interesting patient advocate focus group that gave me the chance to hear what other organizational leaders are doing to make sure that patients are a part of the conversation in the evolution of cancer care.

I also had the opportunity to meet up with friends from other organizations who are doing what they can to make a difference in the lives of patients — so there was a lot of catching up and laughing. We met a lot of wonderful researchers doing innovative work in a wide variety of areas of cancer, so stay tuned in the coming months for some great new projects. 

The biggest highlight: spending time with Scott on our 10th Anniversary Weekend. Did we ever anticipate that we would be spending this milestone at a cancer conference? Nope! But life has a way of doing that, of taking you down a road that you never imagined you’d travel, but that you certainly need to be on. Cancer showed us to have gratitude for the simple fact that we were able to spend the day together. Of course, we’re not ruling out more tropical locales for future anniversary celebrations….

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