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Patient Perspectives: Best Patient Blogs of 2010

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Vote for your favorite 2010 Medical Weblog Award nominees until midnight on Sunday, February 13, 2011.'  Winners will be announced on Friday, February 18, 2011.

Check out the nominees for:

  • Best Medical Weblog

  • Best New (established in 2010) Medical Weblog

  • Best Literary Medical Weblog

  • Best Clinical Sciences Weblog

  • Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog

  • Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog

  • Best Patient Blog


We've selected some sample posts to introduce you to the five Best Patient Blog nominees:

Winner of the Best Patient Blog award in 2009, Marc Stecker, a.k.a the Wheelchair Kamikaze, is 47 years old and was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2003.'  He's known for his photographs, which are taken with a camera mounted to his wheelchair.'  He also was recently interviewed for a special on NPR about Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI).'  Marc had some rebuttals to the NPR report.'  Check out his clarifications.

On Brass and Ivory, Lisa Emrich shares her thoughts and experiences of living with both multiple sclerosis (MS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).'  Not everyone experiences the pain that comes with MS in the same way.'  Here, Lisa describes how she copes with pain that began with a case of shingles and never went away.

Amy Tendrich, of the award-nominated blog, Diabetes Mine, talks about the challenge of regularly testing her blood glucose levels.'  For Amy, the ideal would be to perform these important tasks consistently without needing reminders.'  But it can be difficult.'  Like many, her days are busy and "the hours just seem to melt away; suddenly it's 4:45pm."'  Here, she describes her busiest day: Tuesday.

On Dispatch From Second Base, Jackie Fox recognizes some of her favorite breast cancer related blogs.'  Blogs and other social supports aren't just for those who are in the middle stages of their cancer ' it's for survivors too, she says.'  "You'll be amazed at how many people have been through something similar, whether it's loneliness, fear or noticing just how' absurd the cancer experience can be,' and how willing they are to lend their support."

Stroke survivor Dean, of Dean's Stroke Musings, writes about the struggles of stroke rehab and recovery.'  One of his most-popular blogs, "24 hour-a-day stroke rehab therapy", describes all the work he puts into achieving "simple" movements like opening a door, stepping up stairs, and typing.'  And though he's usually persistent in focusing on regaining movement, in 'acceptance of stroke deficits' he describes just how difficult that can be.

You can read more of our Patient Perspectives here.

This blog roundup is part of the Center for Advancing Health's family of health news reporting.'  CFAH's Health Behavior News Service (HBNS) writes original stories on the latest health behavior research, which can be found here.'  Check out all of our free e-publications.

By Goldie Pyka, CFAH Communications Manager

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