Happy Birthday Katie Beth!
This week I was AWOL from the blog again – it was KB’s big 21. You already knew that (and some other big news) if you read the RAW newsletter The Spear – click here to sign up if you didn’t get one. And make sure to check your spam if you have signed up – the account tells me a bunch are in there.
The birthday was a hugely happy celebration. And this is KB’s senior year studying chemistry (and a lot of biology) on her way to pharmacy school. She’s interested in researching new medicines. Did I say interested? More like fascinated.
Maybe seeing the lack of adequate medications for Rheumatoid Disease motivated her decision. But we also remember a conversation with a friend who told us he might have chosen to develop the next great shampoo, except that using knowledge of chemistry to develop medicine gave his life more purpose. And maybe her decision was partly based on a mother’s encouragement, “Study science if you can. Don’t worry if it’s hard. People who can serve in medicine, like pharmacists, are always needed.”
Speak life – To the deadest darkest night
No one would doubt the powerful role encouragement plays. Everyone loves the commercials about encouragement from Values.com. Our words have power to inspire, to heal, to clear away clouds. Enjoy a few lines from a favorite song by TobyMac (video below). When I got my new phone a year ago, I made it into my ringtone right away – I wanted to be reminded to Speak Life to everyone I communicate with! Actually, I see that as my role on RAW as well.
Encouragement and patient engagement
I was sad KB couldn’t come with me next month to speak to the Pharmacist Society of Wisconsin (PSW). But she’ll miss too many days already for ACR, so she can’t miss one more. Chemistry is a pretty intense major.
Now that I think of it, encouragement is the heart of the message of patient engagement that I’ll bring to PSW. I will encourage them in connecting with patients, and engaging people in discussions about medicines. Isn’t it thrilling that patient engagement matters so much to these pharmacists that they want to know about how to help patients be educated and empowered?
Postblog: How on earth am I going to get through the next few months? The last few months, so many “lost” days were when it seems I accomplished nothing. SOMEHOW, with gritted teeth, long deep breaths, and some help I couldn’t do without, I managed to give KB a little family birthday party. Thank God for a friend like Leslie who knows how to seamlessly fill in where it’s needed – at a birthday party and a trip to Green Bay!
Amazing but mostly useless fact: The Redskins will be in Green Bay the weekend after we are! Wouldn’t that have been great? This picture is last year after ACR. ↑
- Chronic Resilience: Strategies for Living with Chronic Illness
- Don’t Give Up
- Relax: Survival Mode and Our Intrinsic Value
My awesome kids
- Praying about Momma’s RA
- Mother’s Day blog hijack
- Family support & Katie Beth’s decision to live at home for college