But just like most things Lipedema, know you are not alone in that feeling. Give yourself some time to acclimate to your new reality, filled with new ideas, new hope, new friends, and yes, some deep sadness surfacing, as we get back into our daily lives.
It's not just a Lipedema thing, either. It is a human thing. Conferences bring together likeminded people, and broaden your horizons. Who wouldn't want to stay in that environment.
But adding the connection that FDRS brings to patients the world over, is unique. Life changing in fact. So that let down can feel overwhelming.
Have you ever been so engrossed in a great book, or television series that you feel part of the story? When it ends you feel sad, and missing the characters you have come to love? Maybe it is just me, but it feels heavy. And leaving real friends, that have been online friends you feel like you know, and now you actually do know - that love grows even deeper, walking away is hard. So why wouldn't we grieve for that emotional loss?
My good friend Brenda Viola, President of Vici Communications, LLC just shared some great tips in her recent blog, Post Conference Blues. I had the pleasure of spending time with Brenda at the recent FDRS Conference in Atlanta, her presentation on Settling Your Worth brought the house down at the end of a very emotional closing day of patient presentations.
The good news is that FDRS shared where the 2024 conference is going to be, so hope you can...