It went well! I was holding off to do this post to see if I could get a quick clip but I couldn’t so sorry for the wait. Anyways, I will do a Pt. 2 to this posting once I do get a hold of that video clip so for now let me just tell you how it went.
Everyone there was really nice and helped get everything ready from the projector to the microphone to making sure I had water and not to mention food! There were lots of students once they opened the doors, full house! My mother made a quick last minute introduction to me, since this was her school, and then it was my turn to get up and tell my story!
Now I only had 15 minutes which made things difficult because there was so much I wanted to say to these students but so little time to cram it all in there! I tried my best though, I tried to not only share my story and the kind of struggles I have to endure but how having a doctor with no bedside manors really sucked as these were all students that would one day be working in a hospital with people like me. They were physical therapy and occupational therapy students and I wanted to hopefully have some kind of impact, small or large, on their career, maybe I could plant that little seed known as “compassion” that would grow into a full out tree once they made it into their career. Tree… Hmmm… Does compassion grow on a tree or a bush? Perhaps a vine?
Doesn’t matter, point is, they seemed to be interested. I am told people typically don’t stay past 12:30 the time they are allowed to get up an leave even if a speaker is going over like I was. Not one person got up to leave. People had questions, people came up and talked to me one on one afterwards, it felt good, I was glad to see that people actually cared out there, complete strangers! I was so distracted by this that I forgot to give out my blog URL! How dumb is that! I am up here talking about my blog and how I am trying to use it to help the MS community and I forget to mention the URL! Oh well, next time.
I was asked if I would be interested in other speaking opportunities and I of course said yes. I would love to continue to speak out for MS, for those of us who can’t speak out for themselves. I am not afraid to use my voice and if I can make a difference in the way doctors and patients of all walks of life interact than that would be great! So hopefully they will find more speaking opportunities for me! We shall see!