Saturday, June 20, 2015

Back home!

I've been traveling again. And last week. I am sick of traveling. Travel is nice but once I get on a plane, all I want to do is go home. But this most recent trip was very interesting. This is where I have been this week:

"As a breast cancer advocate, I recently had the opportunity to serve as a consumer reviewer to evaluate research applications submitted to the Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) sponsored by the Department of Defense.  As a consumer reviewer, I was a full voting member, along with prominent scientists, at meetings to help determine how the $120 million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) will be spent on future breast cancer research.

Consumer reviewers represent the collective view of breast cancer survivors and patients, family members, and persons at risk for the disease as we evaluate the impact of each application. As a consumer reviewer, I am honored to be included and always leave with hope for the future of breast cancer as the latest research clearly shows that we are moving closer to a cure.

You can get more information on the Breast Cancer Research Program, including how to serve as a consumer reviewer, at the DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Website: http://cdmrp.army.mil."

I can't tell you how optimistic I feel every year when I come back from this trip. And, no I can't tell you anything about the specific research because (a) its confidential and (b) I erased my brain so I don't remember it anyway.

Usually all of us consumer reviewers are women but this year, we had a man join us as he had breast cancer.

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