I read in the blogosphere, if you want to change the world…change yourself -Riding the tiger. Hmmm. What a way of shifting responsibility!!
Though, I’m still in mourning of the Oprah Winfrey Show ending, I want to get myself together for just a minute to notify you of my recent unexpected opportunity.
Oh,but first, in a previous post, Flaky Layers, I compared my acceptance of MS to peeling back layers of a biscuit. My head therapist blessed the idea, she agreed with the analogy. Then, her knowing me so well, asked if I could speak with some new physicians about my experiences living with a chronic illness!!!!!!!!!!
She may as well put rocket boosters beneath my wheelchair because I thought for sure I was about to fly through the roof! I was so flattered and excited, but ready!
When? How long? Where? Do you need a PowerPoint?
I was extremely excited and ready to share. I later told her I gave renowned presentations in my former career. I educated nurses in local hospitals. In college I worked as a motivational speaker for young girls in my local community. I love that kind of stuff! For a split second I felt like declaring to the world, “I’m back!”
She clarified no PPT was needed. It would be 15-20 minutes. Afterwards, we would have our normal session. Great. No need for two trips out there.
In Oprah’s last broadcast she said the show had been her platform to share her gift. If you don’t know your gift maybe it’s your charge to figure it out? We all have gifts, just maybe not the same stage on which to put it forward, but put it forward wherever you are.
Okay, now I have to go and prepare my presentation for these doctors Tuesday.
I’ll work on myself next week!
Sometimes I just cant see it!
Good post thanks.
Awesome Nicole! I look forward to every entry – knew you are a great nurse but you might be an even greater writer. Take care friend. Peace to you. Dee Dee
Dee Dee, I knew you would be good for me!
Nicole..Thank you. You are helping everyone who has MS and since I do…you are helping me and my family and 2 sons. Why? Because doctors and professionals and Hell, people need to know that MS is not a death sentence. We do not have Muscular Dystrophy. I am not a Jerry’s kid although I feel deep compassion. Get your diseases and sufferings straight. No, Im not frail nor I ditzy…I have MS. I cannot count on 2 fingers how many doctors have been ignorant about MS, expected me to educate them, judged me first because of the medicine I take before they know I have had MS for 20 years and say hurtful, ignorant things. While I was having my second son, the doctor asked if “we were going to do a tubal”…WHAT? why would you ask that? Of course it was because I had MS and in his world, 2 kids were enough for someone with MS. That really pissed me off. I have been told what I can and can’t do…I did it all and did it well. Please tell them NOT to share scary statistics about how long most people remain ambulatory or any day POOF, I could face being blind, totally disabled and totally dependent. TMI. Don’t they know that people with MS are one of the most educated about their disease. We have a whole lifetime!! You have great value as a friend and educator. One day last week, every person I met or spoke to knew someone in their family with MS. it seems like an epidemic. You are a gift and im proud of you and I love you.
Andrea you are truly one of a kind!
You will be great Nicole, you’re an awesome speaker!
You go girl!!!!
It’s your B day and you are giving me the gift.
education about what its like to suffer with these illnesses is one of the many things severly lacking from a standard medical education. its good to see that some institutions are going about rectifying this, 15 – 20 minutes is more than most places will give new healthcare providers on this.
I’m starting to feel the weight of responsibilty.
Abby, Thanks for the read. By the way my little session with the docs went over fairly well!
How exciting! Your gonna knock their socks off.
Interesting quote. Have to think on it some more.
Jan, I can’ wait to see what you come up with!
Nicole, that’s awesome! Very impressive! Good luck.
Thanks. I’m working on a laundry list of stuff!
Knock their socks off! Awesome!
I Will it a good ol’ LSU try!!
Good luck on your speaking venture. What an opportunity and privilege.
Judy, I may have made more of it than it really is! All the same to me it’s a HUGE deal. Thanks.