Three tips to avoid becoming a ‘conference zombie’
It’s tempting to try to attend sessions morning, noon and night, network like crazy during every ‘spare’ minute and drink vats of coffee to stay alert. Paris H. Grey has more realistic suggestions to get maximum value from any conference.
Advocacy starts from within
This site visit would determine whether the funding for the center where I worked would be renewed. It was critical that we do well—for the center and for my job as education director. But as the panelists asked their questions, all I could think was, “I have multiple sclerosis.” I had been diagnosed a couple weeks prior and was in a state of shock. For months I had noticed my body behaving strangely, for example when my ankle stopped working after I walked a few kilometers. I had known what the symptoms might mean—my mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the '90s. But I had ignored them. I was not prepared to deal with my own battle. ![Figure]</img> ILLUSTRATION: ROBERT NEUBECKER When my doctor finally convinced me to see a neurologist and I got my diagnosis, I opted to compartmentalize and tried to work past it—though moments of complete distress sometimes intruded, as during the site visit. But despite my distraction, we got our funding, and for 3 years after th