IPPS Annual Fall Meeting Starts on Thursday!

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! This Thursday through Saturday I will be at the

International Pelvic Pain Society's Annual Fall Meeting 

Yikes.

It is intended for doctors, physical therapists, and students, not patients, so it took a lot of guts to sign up. "Who am I to crash their party?" I wondered. And yet, and yet. I am so looking forward to learning, and sharing that information with you. I also hope to spread the word about this website, so more women can find it and get the sisterhood they need to make it through to the other side.

The meeting is in Chicago, which I have only driven through once before, and happily the event is downtown so maybe I will get a chance to see a few sights between sessions. (Very few - the schedule is packed.) I'll be crashing at the local hostel, and perhaps will pass the word on there about YatraYoni as well.

I am excited, but also nervous.

I'll be traveling alone to an unfamiliar place, going to an event for which I am under qualified :). My good girl complex is rearing it's ugly head - I am not one to bend the rules like this - so I am trying to remember two favorite quotations of mine:

Well behaved women rarely make history.

and, from Eleanor Roosevelt,

Do one thing every day that scares you.

(Okay Eleanor, I am and I will!)

Of course, other than my handy dandy quotations, the other motivation I fall back on is YOU.

You are the reason I write, the reason I research, the reason I fly halfway across the country to attend a medical conference when I am not a medical professional. I write for you because ten years ago, no one wrote for me. 

Please know that when you are in despair, there is a real person who has walked this path and won, and she is reaching back to help you along. Not only that, but she is thrilled at the support YOU are giving HER by reading this blog.

We can do it! Hugs!

 Oooh, the Chicago Skyline. Windy City, here I come!

Oooh, the Chicago Skyline. Windy City, here I come!

ADDENDUM: November 3rd, 2014. I found the name of the woman who coined the phrase "Well-behaved women rarely make history" in this article here! Her name is Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and she is a history professor at Harvard.