You know how sometimes you get confirmation that you are where you are supposed to be? I’m having one of these moments. I have had a (relatively) rough Spring. God always shakes things up when you think you know how life is going to go, but He always knows better than you do. I have no idea what the future holds, but I do know that I had a 2.5 hour conversation with the Director of Sickle Cell Programs for the Ministry of Health of Brazil this evening and know that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. We talked about what’s happening in our respective countries, my research ideas, my work…she said she was expecting someone a lot older. I’m just getting started baby! I travel to Salvador in 4 days where I will speak to professionals and patients about my experience as a patient as well as SCD in general from a US perspective. I already know that meeting people living with the disease-as always-will be a life altering moment for me.
This evening, Joice was so gracious and kind and supportive. She’s interested in what I do as a student and as a scientist and has offered to fly me back out in October for a meeting. She also wants me to spend more time in Rio exclusively with the program here and we are throwing out December as a potential for another return. It seems cheesy-but I definitely feel a connection to Brazil. There is a reasosn for it all and after I master the language–watch out!
O melhor ainda está para vir!
(if only I could have written that without the help of Google Translate).