*originally published on www.ericgalvezdpt.com
This past weekend I went to my third OMG Cancer Summit for young adult survivors. I always come back from this conference physically exhausted, but emotionally recharged. We decided not to table this year in order to enjoy the conference and network on a more personal level with the attendees! I love going to this event because it is a great feeling finding people who have gone through similar experiences and understand the nuances of why you have to do things… As an 8-year young brain tumor survivor turned brain tumor thriver, I still remember how isolating it was after treatment. Meeting and hanging out with people who understand your impairments felt like finding a long lost brother or sister separated at birth! I will never forget that feeling. On Saturday, I attended a session on Genomics and Forging Partnerships with Cancer Centers. On Sunday, I attended the “First Steps to Fitness” Session and a Risk Management session. This past year I was so happy to see more brain tumor specific sessions. Unfortunately, I came in a day late and missed 2 of my brain tumor buddies, Ashley and Catherine speaking on the brain tumor panel. I’m so happy to see brain tumor issues being represented at a “cancer conference”. We’ve come a long way!
Don’t get me wrong going to Vegas wasn’t all business. There were a lot of fun events planned as well! Friday night, we saw a screening of a number of extreme sports short films presented by First Descents then hung out at the Ghostbar in the hotel. For me, I’ve learned that IT’S ALL ABOUT PACING YOURSELF AT THESE CONFERENCES! Saturday night, a group of 11 survivors from California went to see the Jabbawookeez show, Prism, at the Luxor. mAss Kickers Foundation was able to secure complimentary tickets for the small group! It was really cool seeing the Jabbawookies live. I’ve been following them since their days on MTV’s ABDC, America’s Best Dance Crew. I always notice when Filipinos do some thing big. PLUS they are from San Diego… HAHAHA! After the show, we took some pictures and grabbed a bite to eat at the Luxor. It was so cool getting to know everyone there! After a pretty eventful day, we decided to just hangout at the hotel while everyone else partied the night away! Totally fine by me because I got to know the NorCal guys pretty well. You really get to know people when there isn’t loud music or an artificial aura of trying to impress someone. Chill and shooting the breeze… more my style then the club scene lately.