I have started and stopped a Blogher recap post more times than I can count. It isn’t an issue of writer’s block, or an inability to wrap my head around the amazing five days spent in New York City. It isn’t the shame of admitting I loved every minute in the expo hall and proudly carried my 37 bajillion bags of swag home.
When I stop trying to force out a recap, my mind keeps coming back to the idea of strength. It seems fitting when talking about the past week, because it sums up my experience pretty well.
Living with a degenerative disease means acknowledging that the physical strength I have today won’t stay the same. It will progress, and along with that progression, I will lose the ability to take trips without special equipment (and Ben). For me, that means taking every opportunity to get away by myself, while I still can. Even at the mobility level I’m at now, there were a few interesting moments in New York, (ie: don’t joke about falling off the toilet in your hotel, you will ultimately have this happen to some degree.) but it is an experience I will be grateful I took, later in life.
The Erotica session panelists struck a chord when talking about the idea of writing on a deeper level, and having the strength to be open and honest with yourself (and your readers), regardless of the naysayers and trolls that may come with it.
Then there’s my awesome roommate, Jayme, who writes at TaterTwins.com. I hit the roommate jackpot – Jayme’s laid back, go with the flow attitude was just what my OCD, psycho-planner-and-then-forget-my-printed-schedule-in-the-hotel-room self needed. Her ability to tolerate me dragging her pregnant butt all over the city and then dealing with an emotionally crazy scare with her baby? She is seriously an amazing, strong woman!
In addition to Jayme, I got to meet so many great women, including DeadCowGirl, who I love to itty bitty pieces and may have screamed like a 12-year-old girl at a Bieber concert when she found me in the expo hall. (I did apologize to the rep for squealing in her ear . . . that makes up for it, right?)
And finally, the women we met at the Fertility Meet & Greet were amazing. I am still overwhelmed with the love that we crammed into our hotel room. And after talking with one woman in particular, about not giving up in her fight for a family, Jayme and I are determined to make the meet up happen again.
Speaking of fertility and support, I’d love to thank my wonderful sponsor, ttccommunity.com, for making this entire trip a reality for me, and for the amazing support they provide for women trying to conceive, get pregnant, and/or enjoying parenthood!