As I build my new career in healthcare, speaker fees are my main income. Here’s one I did for free.
Usually when I speak, one of the first things I have to say is “Trust me, your time will come. ‘Patient’ is not a third-person word.” Well, I got to skip that part in June when I spoke to a bunch of people who already have my disease. And boy did we surpass the normal subject matter.
The event was the third annual Kidney Cancer Symposium sponsored by the DF/HCC, aka the Dana Farber / Harvard Cancer Center. That mouthful includes my hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess. Speakers included my doctors, surgeon Andrew Wagner and oncologist David McDermott. (With MDs and Mxxx’s up the wazoo; I love those guys but I gave up on keeping tabs on their credentials. To me they just saved my life.)
They invited me to speak about being an e-patient. Couldn’t turn THAT one down. 35 minutes:
Immense thanks to them for making this event FREE (including lunch) to all patients, and offering the video for free distribution to all who weren’t there.
They say the videos of other talks will be available on their site shortly – with full credentials for the doctors, probably. :–) Thanks to them for letting me have it first!