The US FDA is hosting a listening session to gather patient perspectives on￼ oncogene-driven lung cancer. Representatives from several biomarker patient groups will speak; I will be speaking on behalf of The ROS1ders. Representatives from the FDA will share ways they are addressing the concerns raised by the patients.
When: Thursday, January 21, 2:30 pm to 4 pm ET.
Where: To receive a link to the event, register free at https://fdaoce.formstack.com/forms/nsclclisteningsession
If you’re unable to attend, you can watch the recording later.￼
It’s been one heckuva week.
Recent events have prompted me to reflect on pivotal truths I’ve learned during my lifetime:
- Things will not always be how I want them to be.
- Each human is unique. No two people have the exact same life experience, interests, and perspectives–not even identical twins.
- Some people willingly accept a new concept. Some require more explanation or evidence before they’ll believe. And some will never accept.
- People will rarely change their minds about something that is an essential part of their core beliefs.
- An event or experience can create a wide range of emotions in different people, or even in the same person.
- I can’t know precisely what another person is thinking or feeling unless we communicate about it.
- Some problems are far more complex than I realize.
- I must save my energies for things I can change, and let the rest go.
- I cannot control the universe. Not even a little bit. (Cancer taught me this.)
Sometimes the weight of these truths seems overwhelming. When that happens, I try to focus on other truths I’ve learned:
- Holding on to anger is bad for my health. Let it go.
- I can choose to be happy.
- In each day there is always one good thing, however small.
- Practice gratitude. Life is a gift.
- The sun will rise tomorrow. I get to try again.
May we all find our best selves, and, someday soon, learn to live together in peace.
TODAY! What are your bold predictions for innovations, policy changes, advocacy strategies & anything else in the prevention, detection, treatment of lung cancer & support of our community? Join moderator David Cooke, MD for #LCSM Chat on Twitter! Read more here:
#LCSM Chat Topic 01/07/2021: What are your predictions for the Rx of #LungCancer in 2021?