Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Patients For A Moment: What Have You Done Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of the patient-centered blog carnival, Patients For A Moment. The posts submitted for this edition were based on the following question I posed to readers:

What have you done (or what do you aspire to do) in spite of illness?

So often we are told by various parties in our lives that we can’t or shouldn’t do things just because we are sick. What have you done in spite of illness? This includes victories big and small. Let’s celebrate all that we have accomplished!


Brittney, from the blog The Road I’m On, talks about her ambition of becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine, and the doubts a new physician has about this given her illnesses, in the post, I Know What I Know and I’ll Decide Where to Go, where she sets the record straight. (I totally know how she feels!)

Laurie Edwards, from the blog A Chronic Dose, talks informatively about what it’s like to be chronically ill and pregnant in the post, A High-Risk Pregnancy By Trimester. (Let me just say, I am so happy for her!)

I usually don’t include myself when I host, but I figured since it fit the theme, I’d go with it. Like Laurie, I talk about pregnancy. I talk about the possibilities of getting pregnant, in my post, “Le Talk”.

Duncan Cross says that other people have attempted to limit him more than he has himself, only discover that staying involved in life is a key to keeping illness from taking over, in the post, What I’ve Done.

Selena of Oh My Aches and Pains!, shares the activities that she has taken up because of illness, and how much her life would be different without them, in the post, A Weird Thank You to the Universe.

In the post Today’s List, Tonja and her Service Dog Luka from Pink Doberman, tell us everything they need to get done. Tonja says that it might not seem like she has done much, but she is well on her way to tackling her list!

Barbara Kivowitz of In Sickness and In Health talks about Reclaiming the Joy in the face of illness.

Shweta of its no more in my head writes about the ups and downs (literally) of taking a dance class in the post revisiting my twisted moves....

And Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior Kelly Young puts herself out there about misconceptions about rheumatoid arthritis in the post Woman’s Day Rheumatoid Arthritis Article: A Video Appeal.


Please note, if you haven’t figured it out already, I am taking over running Patients For A Moment from Duncan Cross. You can now “like” PFAM on Facebook, and I’ve also created a blogger site for the blog carnival at, which will now be where the carnival is run through.

I am in need of hosts for almost all upcoming editions, so please contact me at if you are interested in hosting. A schedule and other information are all up on the blogger site.

A big thank you to those who have already volunteered to host!

And thanks to all who contributed posts for this edition! I hope you are all as inspired as I am by all that chronic illness bloggers have done!

The next edition of PFAM will be hosted by Queen of Optimism on July 28, 2010.


  1. Great job, Leslie. Thanks for doing this!

  2. I really enjoyed this Leslie. I don't have a blog myself but follow many blogs on chronic illness but I just found yours! I am about to have a book published on living well with chronic illness. I'm hoping it will help a lot of people. If you'd like to know more, click on my name! Great to meet you. I've just put your blog into my Google Reader.

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  4. Hello Leslie!

    This is a GREAT post. It's so eye opening to see how many people suffer the way I do. I'm gluten intolerant and suffer from hashimotos. I'll be following you for sure :], check me out.

  5. I can relate to the pain as I suffer from Fibromyalgia. I know it is not Arthritis, however I do suffer rom chronic pain.

    I also write about my struggles with Fibromyalgia and Bipolar to help others and myself. I have met some wonderful and encourageing people. Peace, excellent blog