Next Tuesday, I will be speaking at a UMMC conference on how to help families of children with life-limiting illnesses. This conference is for medical professionals at UMMC, as well as students at UMB. It's an all-day conference whose entire focus is pallative care for critically-ill children, so I'm excited to hear what some of the speakers have to say. I love that UMMC finds pallative care important enough to devote an entire conference to it. Unfortunately, pallative care often gets pushed to the side.
I will be part of a parent panel for a session entitled, “When It’s Your Child: Parent Reflections On Life-Limiting Pediatric Illness.” There will be three of us on the panel representing a variety of medical needs.
Will you please pray for me over the next week? I am so excited about this opportunity, but a little nervous about the number of people that will be in the audience. I'm not a public speaker (that may sound strange, since I'm a teacher...I'll talk to a group of 10 year olds all day long! These are medical professionals who are way more intelligent than I am!!!), and this group will be much larger than the other groups I've spoken to thus far. I'm looking forward to sharing our experiences--both good and "challenging"--and can't wait to tell of the miracles performed in Abby's life!!