Friday, April 5, 2013

Call for PFAM Submissions: The Stresses of Chronic Illness

Stress is the trash of modern life – we all generate it, but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life. 
-Danzae Pace

It's a fact that modern life can be stressful.  Just ask anyone, healthy or sick.  Stress is so prevalent that the entire month of April is designated Stress Awareness Month.

And there is no doubt that chronic illness is one HUGE source of stress.  Or that living with chronic illness brings with it a whole set of new stressors.  I recently wrote about those stressors in another post and they include:

  • reduced physical and/or mental capabilities 
  • fluctuating health status
  • financial challenges
  • the repercussions on your relationships
  • the impact on your self-image and self-worth
  • the physical, mental and emotional burdens of being sick

For all these reasons and more, I've decided to make The Stresses of Chronic Illness the topic for the April edition of the Patients for a Moment (PFAM) blog carnival.

I'm looking to curate a collection of essays about how difficult life with chronic illness can be.  So write about the all the big or little things that cause you stress and make life with chronic illness challenging.  Those things can include your take on dysfunction in the health care system, health care policies that don't work and misconceptions about people living with chronic health problems.

You have my permission to vent as long as you also include some suggestions, tips and advice on how you cope with the stressor(s) you discuss in your post.

So fire up your computer and start writing.  I'll be accepting submissions up until 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Friday, April 12th.  Please send your submissions to:  selena at ohmyachesandpains dot info.

You will make my task of hosting easier by including all of the following information in your email:

  1. your name (as you would like it to appear)
  2. the name of your blog 
  3. the title and URL of your post 
  4. a one or two sentence description of your post

The PFAM Carnival is scheduled to go live on April 15th, which happens to be Tax Day here in the U.S.A.  Hopefully the added financial stress won't interfere with my plans to get PFAM published in a timely manner.

Feel free to email me at any time if you have any questions.

If you miss the deadline, you can still send me your submission for consideration and I'll do my best to include them.

If you want to contribute but don't have a blog, contact me about submitting a guest post to Oh My Aches and Pains! for this carnival.

Know of someone who has already written an excellent post about this topic?  Then send me a link to their post so I can include it.


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2 comments

BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

Thank you. I'll definitely work on this weekend.

Lorna K lifewithraisapain said...

I would love to try and write a post on this. I hope I can do it on time. Trying to keep up with the WEGO one and my Mother in law is in the hospital. It is stressful right now!