Also yesterday I was invited to be a patient ambassador by a PR firm that represents Millennium, the company that makes velcade, a key myeloma drug. Sounded awesome to me. I want to get more involved. However in talking with Berenson, he said they just want me as a marketing tool. They'd fly me to Boston for a week for training. All expenses paid, plus $500. Not a heck of lot of money for a week of my time. I'd have to miss the busiest week of the year at work. Not good, especially with me pressing for a promotion. Berenson said don't do it. Don't be a shill for a pharmaceutical company. Leslie said the same thing. They have a point. If the money was more, I suppose I'd consider it. But here's an interesting thing...I've had conversations with the Myeloma Beacon about writing a column. And in talking to them, they were clear that they'd want me to limit some of the other things I do, such as Cure Talk panels. Interesting. It's all in the name of health. But it's also in the name of business and competition. I worry that if I did the thing for Millennium that I've be given a tight script to work off of. Hence their week long training. I like to say my own thing. So after debating it and a sleepless night, I'm going to pass on the opportunity, but there will be others. I still do want to write for the Beacon however, it's a terrific source of information and support for me. I am waiting to hear back from them on my first draft column.
And this is my update for this fine Friday. A purple Friday. Which is a whole other story...what's happening with my Vikings. I'll save it for later. A song by the English Beat.