It's been a while..
Posted on Jun 29th, 2010
It's been a while since I have updated and I apologize for that. I have been working at the Opryland Hotel installing new telecommunications after the big flood here in Nashville so I've been pretty beat in the heat.
The PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR was a great experience and I got to meet a bunch of great people that I still stay in contact with. I always get a great high when someone thanks me for sharing and tells me they no longer feel alone. The tour will pick up again in the fall this year, staying out on the east coast for the most part. Working with To Write Love On Her Arms was also a big thrill for me since the campaign has personally assisted my family open up dialogue about some issues. Getting to hang with Blue October .. well enough said. They are a fantastic group of guys and put on an excellent show.
The need for research is now more important than ever. The pharmaceuticals are going to cut way back on R&D due to the costs involved and the studies that have been coming out showing the ineffectiveness of a lot of their medications. I have problems with that since I have seen so many people excel on a lot of these medications that have never been able to find the right “cocktail” in the past. To me this just shows the need for a more individualized type treatment planning methodology. One medication, no matter what the cost, that can help people get past their suffering is worth it. I can personally attest to that. Some of the meds I take are very new to the market and are in question of their effectiveness, which scares me that they might be the next to drop off my formulary.
I am getting ready to head out for the NAMI National Convention in DC hoping to meet up with several members of congress while I’m out there, along with catching up with some old friends and meeting some new ones. This year they have a lot of great speakers and workshops so I should come home with an overwhelming amount of knowledge. If I can just retain some of it I will be doing good since my note taking is atrocious.
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