I find myself 3000 miles from home in a hotel room in Brookline Massachusetts. I am attending a conference at Boston Children's Hospital on patient communication as a family representative. It is very interesting and I am impressed that they want the voices of families at the table. And UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital invited ME who is not exactly a shrinking violet, they know I will have opinions and I'm not afraid to share them. Hence,I know they really want the family perspective.
I love Boston. I lived here for a year after college and considered staying. Then winter came the second time and I ran back to California with my tail between my legs. I've only been back twice since then, but this place energizes me. I arrived on the red eye early Saturday and stayed with my old friend Deborah. We had a whirlwind visit and today I attended day 1 of the conference. They used every minute of the day and I have dinner tonight so I am glad I came a day early. It should have been a week early. I wish I could stay longer but I'm on a flight back tomorrow
My search to find my place in my new world without Maggie continues. I know that wherever I land I want to use my experiences living in Maggie's World. This conference is a good opportunity to do that. Maybe this will help define things for me.
I hope so.
See you when I get back to "the coast" (an archaic term which is still better than "Cali")