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A Thanksgiving Reprise

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Patient PerspectivesPatient Perspectives round up recent posts from patient blogs and are part of the Center for Advancing Health's portfolio of free, evidence-based coverage of what it takes to find good care and make the most of it.'  Written by Goldie Pyka, CFAH Senior Communications Manager.

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Like the song says, "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, Brown paper packages tied up with strings'"'  Last week, patient bloggers shared some of their favorite things.'  Things like, hangers?'  Anonymous blogger WarmSocks from Infinityitis was feeling pretty blue at the start of the Thanksgiving holiday, until she remembered hangers'and maybe even a cream colored pony.

Kathi, from the Accidental Amazon, reminds us too that it's often the little things (that don't always seem so little after a devastating diagnosis) for which she's thankful.'  Four years ago Kathi had plans to "fix up a few things around the house," but treatment for cancer and a related drop in income put her plans on hold.'  Recently, she's been able to cross some projects off the list.'  "I am grateful that I can make plans at all," she writes, "The word 'plan' has become a sacred one, both noun and verb."

Andrew Schorr at PatientPower is thankful for much, but he's especially thankful for the patients who participate in clinical trials and "fuel medical progress."'  "We owe each of them a debt of thanks," Andrew says, along with the researchers who "toil in labs in buildings we never see or just speed past'they devote themselves to curing diseases or knocking them back."'  Andrew credits a clinical trial he participated in for CLL leukemia in 2000-2001, with his remission ' his ultimate thanks.

"We can almost always find something to be thankful for ' and we should. But when we have to search for it, it's even sweeter ' and more inspiring," says RA Warrior Kelly Young.'  In her post Accomplishing Thankfulness via Thorough Commitment, Kelly made two lists: the "Easy to be thankful for" list, and the "Silver linings" list.'  Just don't call her a Pollyanna.

All kinds of medical bloggers ' doctors, patients, pharmacists, journalists ' also took the annual American pause for gratitude and gravy to write about what they were thankful for.'  You'll find a tableful of them at Amy Tenderich's DiabetesMine blog, where she hosted Better Health's "Giving Thanks!" themed Grand Rounds.

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Patient Perspectives round up recent posts from patient blogs and are part of the Center for Advancing Health’s portfolio of free, evidence-based coverage of what it takes to find good care and make the most of it.


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