In honor of my birthday and the 2nd anniversary of my diagnosis (both today), I am happy to be hosting this edition of Patients for a Moment, the blog carnival by, for, and about patients.
- In addition to being my birthday and anniversary month, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month (CHECK YOUR BREASTS!) Kairol Rosenthal at Everything Changes poses some challenging, smart questions about one of the latest awareness campaigns in her post, Using Sex to Sell Breast Cancer.
- Duncan Cross skewers one doctor's argument about socialism and medicine in The Ayn Rand School of Medicine at DuncanCross.Net
- Inspired by a quote from a former graduate professor, Laurie Edwards at A Chronic Dose explores how we get through the things we have to do when we have no other choice in Just Make it Work.
- Along those lines, Lauren at Novel Patient describes her frustration, fatigue and fears about having to do it all when it comes to managing her illnesses in My Own Advocate.
- And then what happens when you hit bottom and keep going? Leslie bravely confronts the decisions she must face as a result of starting Below Zero due to Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis at Getting Closer to Myself.
- Do you know what your doctor is writing about you? Heed Kelly Young''s apt warning in Medical Records Tip: Read the Doctors' Notes! at Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior.
- Does the term flare up have a little too much, well, flair, and not enough grit? In A Pain Flare Up, Barbara Kivowit documents 'a fight in which pain plays dirty' at In Sickness and in Health.
- Do you know the 7 Secrets to Happiness When You Live With Illness? Lisa Copen shares seven attributes that can distinguish the survivors from the thrivers when it comes to coping with chronic illness at Chronic Illness Pain Support.
- We all know having an illness impacts more than just ourselves. Read one mother's perspective at Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy in Voices of RA: The Mom.
- Does being a health blogger automatically buy you membership into that community? What is community anyway? Lisa Emrich muses about The Meaning of Community over at Brass and Ivory.
- Me, a Patient? You Must have the Wrong Guy. Jeff Shattuck pokes at the nuances of semantics as they relate to his traumatic brain injury at Cerebellum Blues.
Thanks to all who contributed- it was so great being introduced to some of you while getting to know others of you better through your posts! The next edition of Patients for a Moment will be back home at DuncanCross.net, and the submission deadline is October 16th.