Member of the Goodman CARDS® since 2012
What is one thing you really like about being a member of the CARDS® at Goodman?
The thing I like most about being a CARDS® member is the people I get to work with. Having worked with the same core group over a number of years, I have come to trust, admire, and love the people in this group. Even when dreading going out on a cold winter’s night to attend a CARDS® meeting, I always come home warm on the inside.
What is one interesting experience or research topic we discussed at a meeting – something that stands out in your memory?
Something that sticks out to me from a past meeting was when we were talking about Rheumatoid arthritis and the medication side effects. My sister has the disease, and I was concerned about her directly having the side effects. A short time later my father-in-law (who also had Rheumatoid arthritis) died of a heart problem, and I was able to speak with the doctors about whether or not his use of methotrexate was thought to be a contributing factor.
Teamwork and laughter are the two things that stick out to me about almost every CARDS® meeting.
How has being in the CARDS® affected your attitude about research?
I think working with the CARDS® group has opened my mind to participation in a research study. When we meet with researchers and hear their personal reasons for conducting a study or working in a certain area, combined with their level of dedication…it’s very inspirational.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that people might be surprised to learn!
I think people might be surprised to know that I make my own sauerkraut! As Homer Simpson might say… “mmmm probiotics!”
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