PFAM Announcement: Are You a “Patient”?

As I announced last month, I’m hosting the upcoming edition of the Patients for a Moment blog carnival! I hope you will participate!

I chose a topic that really goes to the heart of the matter — that takes on the name of the carnival itself! Here is the topic. You can tackle some or all of these related questions/issues:

What makes someone a patient? When, and in what contexts, do you think of yourself as a patient, and when do you not? If you live with a chronic illness, condition, or disability, do you refer to yourself as a “patient,” a “person with,” a “person living with,” a “person healing from,” or do you prefer to keep your disability or condition in the background? If you’re a medical professional or a family member or friend of someone with a chronic condition or disability, how to do you refer to them when speaking to others or blogging?

And of course, the most important issue is WHY do you choose the language you do?

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, October 23, by midnight of whatever time zone you’re in (-ish). While I definitely need most submissions in by Sunday in order to put the post together, I know it can be hard to meet deadlines when you’re ill. Therefore, if you are writing something for the carnival and need a little extra time, please contact me, and we’ll try to work something out so I can squeeze you in.

The blog will go up Wednesday, October 26.

Of course, it’s lovely if you write something new just for this edition of PFAM, but if you find yourself running out of time, and you have a post already up that answers this question, please send it along. To submit, please comment on this post with the following information:

  • Your name (as you’d like it to appear in the post).
  • Your blog’s name.
  • Your post’s title.
  • Your post’s URL.

I really look forward to reading your posts!

By the way, if you are new to After Gadget, I encourage you to try to make your posts for this edition of PFAM as accessible as possible to people with a wide range of disabilities, including putting descriptive alt tags on any photos, transcriptions for any videos, and disabling word verification for comments. This will not only enable more people to enjoy your work and to experience greater ease in navigating the web, but it may bring you new readers and possibly followers and subscribers! Find out details about steps you can take to make your blog more accessible (many of which are very easy) on my ADBC page. Thank you for your consideration!

Please also spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, on your blog, and everywhere else! Thanks so much!

– Sharon, the muse of Gadget, and Barnum, SDiT

8 Responses to “PFAM Announcement: Are You a “Patient”?”

  1. 1 Rachel October 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Name: Rachel
    Blog: Tales of Rachel
    Post: The Patient
    Post URL:

  2. 2 Sharon Wachsler October 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Great! Thank you, Rachel. I look forward to reading it!

  3. 3 Megan (@mirroredlens) October 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Sharon,
    Here’s my contribution:

    Your name: Megan
    Your blog’s name: Objects in Mirror are Closer than They Appear
    Your post’s title: Am I (a) patient?
    Your post’s URL:


  4. 4 Sharon Wachsler October 23, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Woohoo! Thank you, Megan! I will go check it out. I’m so thrilled that all these wonderful contributions are coming in! (There was a guest post, plus someone else emailed me their link.) I think this will be an excellent carnival. I look forward to reading your post!

  5. 5 Displaced October 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Is it too late to send an entry?

  6. 6 Sharon Wachsler October 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    No, not at all! Please send it along. I’m still putting together my own post, plus the carnival post. The more the merrier. 🙂

  7. 7 Displaced October 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Name: Genevieve
    Blog Name: Gonna Eat Worms
    Post Title: Becoming More Patient
    Post Url:

  8. 8 Sharon Wachsler October 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Yay, you got it in! Terrific. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I look forward to it.

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