Today started out with butterflies in my stomach that had nothing to do with the breakfast buffet. I’m typically not the nervous type, but I awoke early this morning all too aware that in a short time, I would be addressing the conference participants.
Being that they are such an impressive group, my tummy couldn’t help but flutter a little. The good thing is, the feeling didn’t last long, because before I knew it Valerie Cwik, MDA’s Interim President, had introduced me as the next speaker.
It was go time!
Looking out at the crowd, I had an interesting experience. Instead of being intimidated by the number of people present (not to mention the magnitude of their individual accomplishments), I felt a wave of comfort come over me; I was among friends.
As I shared personal stories from my own life with the audience, I focused in on the following points:
I then shared with the group my strong belief that as a neuromuscular community, our needs have never been greater; our respective roles have never been more important; and that by working together, through MDA’s leadership, we can achieve our common goals. I told them that our time is now.
And it is.