Had the great fortune of having lunch last week with one of my most favorite people in the whole world. Dr Wenzel was in town for the annual AAAAI convention in San Francisco and managed to squeeze in some private time with me in between her busy presentation schedule.
Although we keep in close contact via email, this is only the 3rd time we’ve had a face to face. It was so good to see her again. I love her to pieces (and I think the feeling is mutual). Ive never met a person, especially a physician, who has such a passion for severe asthma and the people who live with the disease everyday. She works tirelessly traveling all over the world trying to change peoples perception about severe asthma and to find better treatments for the most severe forms of the disease.
Among a million other things, we discussed the need for forming a grass roots national asthma advocacy and/or support organization geared for patients, as none currently exists. She can’t get involved directly herself because of her research interests, but she would be there to support such an effort in other ways. She also asked me if I would be interested in becoming a patient spokesperson for theNIH’s asthma research programs. I think I told her yes. The topic also came up about conducting a quarterly tele/cyber asthma support group which would be organized through the University of Pittsburgh’s asthma institute. I think it’s a wonderful idea.
The next time we meet up, will be in Pittsburgh. I’m scheduled to return there this summer for a SARP follow up ( and maybe a half marathon…..hehe)
Did I mention how much I love this women?
Oh yes, and word has it that SARP 3 is going to be funded!!! …YAH the research continues!