The 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium is now over, and the more than 8,400 attendees are on their way home to 97 countries around the world. After an evening spent with my advocate friends enjoying some Tex-Mex in San Antonio, I’ll be homeward bound, well fed in body and, even more importantly, well fed in spirit.
Every year, I look to this meeting for the inspiration that will sustain me in my work with women who are living with metastatic breast cancer and their families. Like them, I am looking for hope. “You are our eyes and ears,” one woman wrote me in an e-mail I received during the conference. “What do you think were the biggest revelations at this year’s conference? Any disappointments? Any surprises?”