As I mentioned in a post earlier this month, I had the opportunity to speak about my oncology fertility experience at a Fertility Forum hosted by Stupid Cancer and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society- Louisiana & Mississippi Chapter in New Orleans on March 7. I happened to be in New Orleans because I was serving as a bridesmaid in my friend Meagan’s wedding, and she graciously told me I could skip the rehearsal in order to speak at the event.
At the fertility forum, I got to see my fellow Scotch Guard lassie and Hodgkin’s survivor Dr. Meg, who still lives in Louisiana and got me involved in the Fertility Forum.
My good friend, Mary Anne, also came to (silently) cheer me on at the forum and rocked her Geaux Team Laura t-shirt. I only got to see her for about 5 seconds since I had to dash off right after my speech to make it to Meagan’s rehearsal dinner, but it was sooo awesome to feel the love and support all around me while I gave my speech.
A cheering squad was definitely appreciated, since discussing my reproductive organs in front of 50 people wasn’t intimidating at all or anything. I actually got to watch myself speak since LLS very awesomely posted the Ferility Forum to YouTube. I didn’t sound quite as
awful nervous as I thought, but definitely need to work on my “umm’s” and “like’s” a bit. I also like to gesture…. “like” a lot 😉
I will have some more chances to work on my delivery style, however. I will be part of young adult survivor panels at two upcoming conferences in Texas. I will be speaking at Seton Healthcare’s “Care Beyond Cancer” Summit for Young Adult Cancer Survivors in Austin on April 6. This summit is FREE and more information is available online. I will also be participating in a panel at the LLS’s Texas Forum on Blood Cancers in San Antonio on April 13, as well as the Keep Cancer Lame events the night before.
I admit that I had to duck out early and I haven’t had a chance to watch all three parts of the forum yet on Youtube…. however, what I have been able to watch has been extremely informative and I would recommend these videos to any oncology health professionals, caregivers, cancer survivors/fighters out there with questions about onco-fertility and preservation options.
Some of the panelists were from the LSU Health Science Centers, and it sounds like they are really striving to make increased accessible in the area a priority. I was very honored to be involved in the forum and am very excited to see how their initiative develops over the next few years.
I’ve shared the links to the videos below:
Part 1: http://youtu.be/tZV1vvs9Yuk (You can see/hear me speak in part 1 from about min 4 to min 20)
Part 2: http://youtu.be/xbKPZ6R4DMg
Part 3: http://youtu.be/UxxGI7wiMl4