If this is your first time hearing about PFAM, let me explain that the goal is to build connections within the community of people who blog about illness, disease, and disability. This includes doctors, nurses, caregivers, even policy wonks – but especially patients.
My goal in organizing this carnival is to give blogging patients – many of whom focus on a specific disease – a chance to reach out to a broader audience. I recognize that blogging can be an important way to talk and think about a diagnosis. But I also think we as patients ought to engage other patients with different diseases, to explore what we have in common as people with illness. The more we’re able to engage and communicate with one another, the better off we’ll all be.
Be sure to check out this inaugural edition of Patients for a Moment, which presents a collection of thirteen blog posts. Each post provides a different perspective on illness, disease, and disability.