In the end, I'm glad I did volunteer for the Stroke Survivors' Reunion today. When you work in pre-clinical research, you don't usually get to meet with the patients who have been helped by new therapies.
Today we celebrated ten years since the first stroke patient in Calgary was treated with tissue plasminogen activator (clot buster). For a decade it was the only therapy available with which to treat stroke. And only a small percentage of patients were eligible for this therapy. Now there are also new treatments available for hemorrhagic, in addition to ischemic, stroke. By the time I have a stroke, I hope there are lots more.
And people really seemed to appreciate the effort to recognise their struggles and the chance to tell their stories. It really helped to put the work I do into perspective.
But I really could have lived without the overly-long performance by the relentlessly cheerful, to the point of annoying, Sweet Adelaides choir, though. I know the old folks often like that kind of music, but it gave me a tooth-ache.
You really should watch Will's new podcast. It's a fine piece of work, featuring a really hopping band and the founder of the label that represents them. I'm telling you, get in on the ground floor here. Will's going places and you want to be able to say you knew him when.