May 14, 2012 1 Comment
Tomorrow morning will be my first day working at the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Livestrong. I’m excited for the structure, the mission and the opportunity of a full time job again. While I’ve been rearing to go for a few weeks now, the excitement of getting health insurance and a salary won’t quite compare to 11 months of adventuring:
- I quit my full-time job and moved out of Washington, D.C.
- I traveled the world for three months.
- I started freelancing in health IT market research.
- I traveled some more.
- I quit a startup I’d been involved with for two years.
- I drove 2100 miles through DC, Atlanta, and New Orleans to Austin.
But trying to compare the two is like comparing apples and fruit snacks. I’m happy to begin the next chapter tomorrow while I wrap up old projects and get a new one off the ground. You know Livestrong as the origin of those ubiquitous yellow bracelets. Well I quickly learned they’re about a whole lot more than that. I’ll be overseeing a couple of projects the foundation has been embarking upon that bring health IT to some of the areas where it’s missing in cancer care, from patient tools and resources to the “big data” research agenda. I’ll be wading in policy issues and building a knowledge base in oncology and cancer care, essentially from scratch. I’m going to be working with a team of dedicated and inspiring colleagues, many of whom are cancer survivors themselves. Some of our board members are MD’s, but all are BFD’s. Also, I’m going to be working in a really sweet office.
So as one adventure comes to a close, another one begins tomorrow morning. Banzai!