“Camaraderie doesn’t happen by accident; developing a strong sense of trust, accountability, and togetherness around team goals requires intentional effort.” 

Don Yaeger

One of the things that stands out to me every year at ASH is the camaraderie of the myeloma doctors. I see pictures posted on social media as they get together in the convention center, or grab a bite to eat together. This quote describes their relationships so well. They work together, for patients, to find better treatments and one day a cure. They don’t compete with each other; it is a team effort. One for all and all for the patients.

I fully expected to be in New Orleans right now for the 64th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition. Unfortunately, I found out that I was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID. I am still fine, but to protect myself and everyone else, the best decision was not to travel. I will certainly miss being with my other support group leaders in-person. Our camaraderie is still present as we ZOOM to discuss the coming busy days. No matter how many miles separate us all, we have a joint purpose to bring the patient perspective back to our support groups and those that follow us on social media. Once again, I am in the comfort of my home, wearing my slippers.