The beginning of this month I had the opportunity to go to Des Moines, Iowa for my first Gilenya talk. I didn't know what to expect, but I was greeted by some great people who came to discuss Gilenya. Half of the attendees had MS and most of those people were already on Gilenya. I listened to the presentation and actually learned stuff myself! I wasn't thinking about how I was a patient too! Afterwards, I was able to share my story with MS for the first time since my training in Atlanta. I thought it went well! Some of the people came up to me afterward and I enjoyed talking one on one with them. First one down!
This past weekend I had my second Gilenya talk, this time in Houston. I was so excited that my husband and parents were able to attend! I talk about my ups and downs and they have been there through it all. Being able to "show them off" was such a joy to me.
This time there were more than double the number of people than my first talk. The Novartis reps were so great, as well as the doctor. I really enjoyed working with them and hope to see them in the future. Like usual, meeting other people with MS is exciting for me since we have something in common. After meeting some people and them telling me they have MS, I actually responded "cool!". Thankfully, those people knew what I meant by that. Having MS is really not cool, but it's what has been given to me and I lean on Jesus Christ to deal with it.
Headed to Fort Worth this weekend to do two talks at the National MS Society sponsored MS Walk!!!