I tend to leave long-winded posts. I will try to make this one short and sweet. I read the article and I listened to the podcast you posted a couple of days ago. I already knew you wore many hats but not enough for multiple hat racks!
It just gives more reason for us to appreciate this community you transformed. Before I read it in a post on this forum, I didn’t know that @Joan Block was the founder of the hepblist. This only solidifies my appreciation more to know that the torch passed from one to another of my two favorite people in the HBV professional arena. You have evolved the hepblist into hepbcommunity and we still have the benefit of having the both of you actively participating.
There will be more and more posts to respond to and more and more work in this community as it becomes more publicized. So I am also glad that there are other trusted professionals that are helping out more and more like @markdouglas and @john.tavis .
There are two parts to the dynamics of this community that you mentioned that really hits home for me. First, is being able to interface with other HBV sufferers, see their stories, the issues they deal with and feel like we are interconnected. Secondly, to have vetted and trusted professionals that will listen to us, guide us and even console us. You and Joan I think are the pioneers of this community that we feel most personally associated to, but as time goes on, it is inevitable that we will feel that connection with the other professionals that respond with such kindness and consideration and effort. Yes, effort, because I know how long it takes for me to write these essays that I do on here… lol… so I can only imagine the amount of time it takes you guys to do all you do.
So, thank you to YOU and Joan and Mark and John and all the rest of the HBV professionals that lend a hand currently and will do so in the future. There, that is my short and sweet J