What #MedX means to me and other ramblings

Hi worldly-people,

My name is Britta, if you haven’t already figured that one out. I have blogged in the past at blog names I can’t remember, because they didn’t go anywhere, and on Chronically Young, which many of you chronic illness friends may recall. After a couple year hiatus, I am back! With a new page, a new address, a new host, and a blog name that will probably confuse many.

Coming up with a blog name is harrrrd. Someone either thought of it or stupidity pops into your head. What have I done since I closed up shop at CY? Well, I just looked and my last post was in March 2013. I’m not sure I did anything remarkable looking back! There are the bizarre things, like getting harassed at a job. And great things like falling in love with a man, buying a house together, moving in together, loving the hell out of two cats together(I used to hate cats), and thinking about what the future holds for us as well. Then there are all the health things in there as well. Starting a biologic medication, seeing a new rheumatologist, being referred to a neurologist, having a brain MRI with lesions, and neurologist no idea why. Back on the wagon of, “what the hell is wrong with me!”

Exciting things that lay ahead include attending #MedX! #MedX is a medical conference at Stanford in California, for patients, caregivers, doctors, researchers, and lots of other smart people. I was awarded a partial scholarship, and have since realized how poor I really am. If you feel so inclined to help me pay for my hotel room, which I cannot afford(hotels are EXPENSIVE in big cities/towns/areas), make a donation here at my GoFundMe page. I’ll love you and even send you a hand-written thank-you note after my experience there. Seriously!

I am on the Engagement/Producer Track as an ePatient delegate, which requires I tweet/blog/Facebook/social media the hell out of my adventure! No problem there…I’ve tweeted like 18-thousand times and counting, I post things I love and care for on Facebook, and I work jobs that employ the usage of social media into their day-to-day operations. Also, I love #livetweeting during events, even if no one else is paying attention or if they are, they are probably annoyed.

I am thrilled to meet my roommate in real life as well! She and I have talked for years about health challenges, grief, and snowy weather to name a few. #MedX will be like meeting the celebrities you have always wanted to meet but possibly better?! Although, I can compare it to meeting Woody Harrelson and VP Joe Biden. You #MedX’ers have a lot to live up to!

I am really excited to see the medical world from other perspectives. From the bigger, bolder ways than small-town Minnesota. Although I have seen the Mayo Clinic, U of MN, and Gillette Children’s hospitals and clinics, I haven’t seen how it works other places. I also look forward to seeing and hearing the professionals perspectives on the medical world. I hope to use all this information to better my community, improve my health, and possibly go back to school to further my education in another healthcare area. Right now, I have a journalism major and health minor, but I want to do more in the health world, I just don’t know what, where, when, and how yet. I want to make a bigger impact in Northern Minnesota, and help people be the healthiest they can be.

Then there are the willy-nilly-silly things that I don’t look forward to. Driving 3.5 hours from my house to my friend’s house to get a ride to the airport from him. Checking in at the airport(I once misplaced my drivers license when flying to NYC in 2008. Somehow I was able to get through security with my expired fishing license! I have a little PTSD from that stress.). Then once in San Jose, the whole getting on the train slightly nerve-wracks me. I did practice a bit this summer in Chicago though! I am just terrible at reading maps, so that is wrecking my nerves! Then wash, rinse, repeat when I have to get back to the airport to fly back to MN some days later and drive the 3.5 hours back home. Oh an paying for my hotel. In the end, I know it will all be okay! Deep breaths, positive thoughts, yay!

It is only three weeks away, holy shit! It doesn’t feel real enough yet, but it will be right around the corner before we know it. Cheers!

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