Wednesday, November 6th I participated in a event to raise Lung Cancer Awareness at Genentech. How it all came about? That fantastic Katie Brown at LUNGevity passed my name along to the Genentech Advocacy Coordinator.
The request was a new one for me. I was asked to speak to a large audience about My Story. Semi-foolishly I accepted the gig without any hesitation. I was reverting back to my silly little girl days and said I’d do something because of a boy. Yup! I was so thrilled to be reconnected with my former AMAZING oncologist Dr Alan Sandler who has been at Genentech for around 3-months.
I prepared the requested 20-minute speech. I had it down. However, when it came to deliver, being the last of the speakers, I only had about 14 minutes of airtime. I admit, I ended up adding content and deleting content on the fly. The right things to say just came out, unforced.
My goal was to make them laugh; then make them cry. The laughs were easy to detect. The tears not so much. I did get some glassy eyed looks when I ended a question directed to me with the statement: I know my 20-closest-friends are going to watch me die. And, I am okay with it.