November 04, 2009

Patients For A Moment


Today I’m hosting Patients For A Moment, a bi-weekly blog carnival with links to select patient blogs.  I’ve created four themes for this edition. Enjoy reading and be sure to catch the November 18 installment on Chronic Babe.

Melting My Stone Cold Heart
After the flood of breast cancer stories in Pinktober, I wondered if patient stories could still melt me or if I’d become inoculated and immune to the tender heartedness of illness.  Nope.  Nine year old Chloe made me melt.  Steve Catoe writes about her in A Beautiful Heart on his blog Adventures of A Funky Heart.

Intimacy is palpable as banter unfolds between Alex Hohmann and his nurse Jill in Laughter Where You Least Expect It on Aegletes: Alex’s thoughts on cancer, politics, being gay, music and so much more.

Can we wear our feelings and kvetch about a new diagnosis or do we have to be good solders fighting the good fight?, wonders Barbara Kivowitz in The Shape of Grief on her blog In Sickness and In Health.

Helping 101
Need Cliff Notes for schooling family and friends on how to help you when you’re sick?  See Bridget McCullough’s  Back From the Brink on My Cancer Deployment.

Chris Blumer’s  A Streetcar Named Dilaudid on Chemo and Vino dives into the emotionally charged terrain of saying ‘Thank You’.

Do you get help from God or find strength in flying solo?  Here’s the post that elicited the comment “Nobody likes someone pissing in their Jesus flakes.”   What’s Your Cancer and Religion Connection? on my blog Everything Changes.

Practically Speaking
Young adults are the largest group of uninsured adults in the U.S., forcing us to be practical and clever about getting care.  Leslie Rott writes about    The Things We Do For Health Insurance…Er…I Mean…Love on Getting Closer to Myself.

Living with chronic illness?  Need tips on how to pack a suitcase and so much more? Visit Chronic Babe and check out Fibromyalgia: HealthWomen host tons of new tips, including videos with Editrix Jenni Prokopy. We know she can write but she’s damn articulate in front of the camera too.

Looking for practical excuses to ditch a bad date or escape a spousal argument? Read Duncan Cross‘s hilarious  Dr. Cross’s Compendium of Useful Illnesses.

Laurie Edward’s writes about handling life Priorities in the “gray area in between the everyday and the extreme” on A Chronic Dose.

Eating is a pretty simple daily task – well sometimes.  Cathy Bueti talks about how juicing became an obsession in My Juicer is Dusty on In My Life.

Thinking is a pretty simple daily task – sometimes.  Kate Burton outs her stammering brain fog in My Chemo Brain on After Cancer, Now What.

Dictionary Love
My inner-author and inner-patient geek out together over words, language, and medical meanings.  I’m glad to know I’m not the only one.  Kelly Young dissects the technical meaning of ‘complications’ in  Reasons to stop saying “Complications” of Rheumatoid Arthritis on Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior.

Dr. Wendy Harpham asks ‘What’s the difference between a disease and illness?’ in “Disease” or “Illness” on Wendy Harpham on Healthy Survivorship .

Selena Inouye’s S word in Each Has Their Suffering on Oh My Aches and Pains.

Pat Steer tells what it means to be a statistic in I am A Statistic on Life Out Loud.

Have fun reading, then stop back to let me know which blogs you visited, which posts struck you the most and why.

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  1. Selena Says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 6:46 AM

    Hi Kairol,
    Thanks for including me in the blog carnival. I can’t wait to explore all the featured posts. I love the themes of this post (and I am tickled that I am under Dictionary Love!) and I really enjoy reading your blog too.

  2. Alex Says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 7:37 AM

    Kairol, thank you for including me in the carnival as well. This is quite a diverse and fascinating collection of posts. I’m finding myself coming back to your blog every day. Keep up the tremendous service you provide!

  3. laurie edwards Says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    This looks great, Kairol! Thank you for including my post, and I look forward to reading through these!

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  5. jenni prokopy Says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    wow, kairol, what a fabulous edition of patients for a moment! thanks for including me, and i am looking forward to hosting next time. such a fantastic project!

  6. Chloe’s been Chosen! « Adventures of a Funky Heart! Says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 2:32 PM

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  8. Anita Says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 6:32 PM

    Hi Kairol,

    Great picks, I left a comment on the shape of grief blog. Thanks for picking such great blogs and great posts.


  9. Pat Steer (Gaelen) Says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    What an intriguing collection of posts – Kairol, I’ll be reading for a week because each post is drawing me into a new blog and a new blogger! Thank you so much for including me and Life Out Loud.

  10. Stephanie Says:
    November 5th, 2009 at 12:48 AM

    Hi Kairol,

    I really enjoy both your blog and your book. Many times, you’ve posted just what I was wondering or thinking about at the moment. I look forward to reading the blogs on this post!


  11. Kairol Rosenthal Says:
    November 5th, 2009 at 12:54 AM

    Glad you are all enjoying Patients for A Moment. Thanks Stephanie. I’m glad my book and blog are hitting the spot. I’m not always a mind reader, so if there are any other ideas you have for posts you’d like me to write about – just let me know and I’ll add them to my suggestions list.

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