2012 Advocacy Summit in D.C.

So…should I go? I signed up last year and then canceled because I was going through a weird time of having anxiety attacks (see older posts for more info on that). I’ve been wanting to go to this summit for a few years now and I keep finding reasons (excuses) to not go. Well, the main reason is that I can’t really afford it. Right now I’m trying so hard to pay off bills and to get out of debt. Yet here come the expensive medical bills once again. It’s a never-ending cycle.

Anyway! I’m also bummed out that I missed the chance to apply for two different travel grants/scholarships offered by the Arthritis Foundation for the summit. I’m always missing deadlines, dammit! But, you know, my instinct keeps telling me to just go for it. I would love to be able to meet with members of Congress to urge them to support funding for arthritis research and other arthritis and health care issues. It’s something that I’m very passionate about and I want to get more involved with the political side of advocacy.

Here’s more info online about the summit:

The 2012 Advocacy Summit


4 thoughts on “2012 Advocacy Summit in D.C.

  1. Hi Angela, There is an opportunity to attend Stanford Medicine X conference for free. It is through the company I advocate for: Alliance Health. Here is the link for more info: http://www.rheumatoidconnect.com/discussions/26-an-amazing-opportunity-to-attend-stanford-medicine-x-conference-for-free. This could an alternative since you cannot afford the Advocacy Summitt. Not the same in terms of what both are about but you will get to do something. :-)

  2. If you can afford the trip, you should totally go. I went last year and it was fantastic. It was so great to be around other facing the same issues I do, I felt so empowered after the trip. I’d recommend it to anyone.

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