I attended the meeting on both Monday and Tuesday.
-The attendance was relatively low (approximately 120 people on Monday and 90 on Tuesday).
- However, I felt that a vast majority in attendance were 'pro-Lyme' (including the scientist and MDs).
-Lyme suffers and advocates did a VERY nice job describing their illness(es) and asked good (logical and educated) questions to panel members.
-Overall, I though the meeting was productive and informative.
I got a very positive vibe from those attending.
The highlight of the meeting (in my opinion) was the talk (and follow-up discussion) given by Pam Weintraub. It was nothing short of brilliant. She was given a standing ovation by the audience!!
I'm a pessimist by nature, so I doubt much will come from the meeting (in terms of policy or funding changes). However, if we continue to voice our concerns, draw attention to our disease, and educate the community I have to think that eventually someone will listen. I hope.
I'd love to hear other people's impression of the meeting (those that attended or watched online).