Day 2 of the Project LEAD workshop was as stimulating and educational as day 1. We learned a lot, and somehow, though my energy waned now and then, the excitement from the other participants empowered me to survive the day. The combination and organization of lectures, group reviews and time for networking are as good as could be. For anyone who wishes to learn more about breast cancer in order to contribute in some way toward the NBCC’s challenge to end breast cancer in 2020, this is time more than worthwhile. Because of the varied goals of everyone in attendance, we have a marvelous mix of women hoping to work toward the goal of ending breast cancer.
Again, the camaraderie is remarkable with the feeling between so many of instant relationships that feel as though we are all friends reunited after a long absence. The support is generous, the sharing at times intimate, and the level of energy sizzling. Not one moment contained even a pause in the dynamics. With so many women who are obvious leaders with a bonus of dazzling wit, I feel that I have grown by simply enjoying the company that surrounds me.
Fellow blogger Elizabeth Danu at The Liberation of Persephone, who is also attending, is as exuberant as I could have imagined; her capacity to engage others and inspire is clearly a talent, and I believe she and some of the others are going to propel the conversation on breast cancer to a new level. These women are the ones who will take the message from the breast cancer community to the research community, the people who have breast cancer and the people who have no clue what breast cancer really means. They will help to further the understanding of this disease and to do what we need in order to end it by 2020. I believe that because of them, we can hope for those elusive solutions with confidence.
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