Sharing my Story

5 Oct

It’s been another hectic summer; so hectic I have been lax in blogging about the book. From book signings, to participating at summer camp for kids whose parents are fighting cancer, raising awareness and sharing my story has kept the The Year My Dad Went Bald team busy. But I am not complaining, the publishing of the book has given me opportunities that I never knew existed.

For the third time this year, I have been invited by Genentech to share my story and TYMDWB. I will be a featured speaker at the Genentech North American Country Clinical Operations Meeting later this month in San Francisco. Genentech is a biotechnology corporation, founded in 1976. Considered the founder of the biotechnology industry, Genentech has been delivering on the promise of biotechnology for more than 35 years. The brainstorm of my old friend Amy Black who thought that it would be insightful to for me to talk to a gathering of clinical researchers who had come from all over the globe to a meeting at Genentech’s South San Francisco campus.

Although these researchers work in the fight against cancer everyday, few of them had actually met someone who had benefited from their hard work. Genentech produces Rituximab, which was very effective in my recovery from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

From the shock of my diagnosis, to my eventual recovery, I took them through the many lows and scant few highs of my cancer ordeal, which culminated, with the publishing of TYMDWB. I never considered myself much of a public speaker but it is a role I that I have come to enjoy. And, at least I get to talk about one of my favorite topics, me!

With great anticipation I look forward to revisiting with the folks at Genentech later in the month.

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