Nickie Coby (puppybraille) wrote,
Nickie Coby

Thoughts from convention

As some of you know, I went to the 48th annual convention of the
American Council of the Blind
which is being held in Orlando Florida. I'm having some down time today and thought it would be good if I spent some time blogging. I have a goal of writing more than I have been, since i think journaling is helpful for me.

Overall, I am enjoying convention. I've been to several good programs, the general sessions and a NABS program on stress. The information and knowledge I have gained is great, but I've discovered that more and more of my experience of convention is seeing friends and just enjoying myself. I've enjoyed sharing meals with friends I haven't seen in a while and I hope to enjoy the company of more friends for the rest of the week. I am also enjoying the updates on ACB's advocacy efforts, the
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped's
efforts in digitalizing their collection and improving the quality of the books (I especially enjoyed this after hearing my own book in recorded format).

I also enjoyed the mini-concert put on by
Her style is very much folk and it was definitely a treat. Also, my friend
Debbie Hazelton
led prayer last night. I also enjoyed knowing that Rebecca Kragnes won an award for an article she submited to the Braille Forum (I didn't succeed in finding the direct link to it right now).

As you can see, there's been a lot of exciting stuff. In the world of advocacy, I'm glad to know that the accessibility of the Kindle, curency and healthcare are all high priorities in our legislative and legal arenas.

Now for the hard stuff. I have to say that handling convention with my RSD gets harder every year. Especially this year, because of the surgery I had on my right foot and the pain being in both feet, I have had a hard time managing pain enough to be comfortable. Quite frankly,, I find the experience exhausting. I want to hang out with friends and I want to visit exhibits and go to the general sessions, but it's a lot to balance. On Friday, I will be consulting with another RSD expert. I'm hoping that some other treatment options will be available, and that hearing another persspective on my situation will be helpful. I don't wish to say more than that at this point, but I would definitely appreciate prayers that this will lead to an improvement in my health.

I'm excited to see what the rest of the week brings.
Tags: acb convention 2009

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