Patients for a Moment: Awareness Edition
Welcome to the latest edition of Patients for a Moment, a patient-centered blog carnival. For this edition, Dear Thyroid posed the following questions to bloggers:
How has your disease changed your view of awareness? Do you feel that raising awareness is important? Do you feel the need to educate others about your disease? If so, how do you go about it?
Dorienne Plait of Too Much on Our Plait blogs about how her thyroid cancer diagnosis showed her the need for more education and early detection of thyroid diseases and cancers. She discusses the importance of using real-life stories to raise awareness. Read more about her own story and how she uses her personal experience with cancer to raise awareness in her post Like Daughter—37.
In her post And I’m telling you…, Mweelin of Thyroid Cancer? Really? discusses how being diagnosed with cancer has given her the desire to raise awareness, educate others, and dispel the myths commonly associated with thyroid cancer.
Nessie over at Lipstick, perfume and too many pills talks about how psoriatic arthritis has changed her view of chronic and invisible illnesses. In her post waiting for my real life to begin, Nessie states that awareness truly has real meaning when we are able to reach out to each other.
Phylor, blogger of Phylor’s Blog: chronic pain, life, and all that, paints a beautiful picture about awareness in her post I am in/visible: awareness of invisible illnesses. Her detailed comparison of public’s perception of her visible illness (badly broken wrist) and her invisible illnesses spotlights the lack of public understanding of the effects of chronic pain.
In her post The Awareness of Being, Laurie of hibernationnow blogs about how her difficulty climbing a set of stairs brought her to the conclusion that, while chronic pain sufferers can identify with each other, the invisible nature of their illnesses make it difficult for the public to understand what they deal with on a daily basis.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this edition of PFAM! The next edition will be hosted by Sick Momma on September 22nd.