This past week on a beautiful, sunny, blue-sky afternoon, with a view of the San Francisco Bay in the background, we held our bi-monthly Para Peeps meet-up at Chevy’s in Emeryville, CA. Our little group has now grown to 15 and we were please to have 8 of these members in attendance this time! At one point we all realized that this was our first time ever being surrounded by so many with “peep” scars. We laughed as we all pointed and showed off ours, noting that they are nearly invisible. For some of us years have passed since we had our surgeries, others months, while one member just got back from traveling across the country for surgery less than a week ago. She was in good spirits and was feeling energetic, happy to be moving forward towards improved health.
We updated everyone as to our advocacy efforts to date and then turned it over to the group to tell us how we can further our mission of educating others. Within minutes ideas were generated. Several members volunteered to either share their stories as a guest blogger or to record a patient podcast with us. Those who had connections with active community groups offered to use their networks to help us book speaking engagements so that we can continue to educate the public. We are so grateful to have met all of these incredible women who are willing to go out of their comfort zones to share their stories publicly in the future to help others with their journeys. Stay tuned for more stories and events.