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|Newsletters: The Oley Conference: The Benefits of Meeting Others|
Cynthia and Ronnie enjoyed meeting others who understand
At the Oley conference in Saratoga last year, he was in awe... sitting and listening to others who live as he does. Listening to the issues that only someone with this alternative nutritional need could understand was almost overwhelming for him. He was very interested in the information that he hoped to share with his providers regarding the new research being done in this area.
I cannot tell you how nice it was to know that when you discussed things like PICC lines, the need for access to bathrooms, and infections, people understood. The networking was wonderful. Ronnie and I met a couple who were also from Canada. I believe any person of any age should experience what Oley has to offer. They need to have the opportunity to attend a conference, to be exposed to different viewpoints.
I found that a couple of the sessions were not appropriate for first timers, due to the amount of information being shared. If you had never been exposed to the material before, it was difficult to relate to it. But the conference was well put together... if that is the correct term... or well done!
The scholarship for first time attendees is an excellent program. It gives a person who might hesitate to go due to the expense of attending a chance to “check it out.” I know Ronnie and I both hope to be able to attend the next conference that is on the East Coast.
Who should attend? In my opinion, the conference can meet the needs of both those new to PN and those who have been on it for a while. I definitely believe the Oley conference would be a great help to someone who is new, just to help with the emotional changes that occur with having to live an alternative nutritional lifestyle. They would be able to establish a network and contacts. But I found it nice to watch the people who come often reconnect with the friends they have made. I think that every year it is helpful for you to “get recharged” and keep up with the changes in the field. So, even Ronnie, on PN for sixteen years, felt that he benefited from it.
We also enjoyed the exhibitors. It is interesting to see the new products and services that are available.
For more information on the 2011 conference, click here
LifelineLetter, May/June 2011