Identity/Passions: PatientBloggers - You Are Not Your Disease, You Just Blog About It Every Day

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Event Date: 
July 24, 2009 - 12:45pm - 2:00pm
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Day 1
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Chronic or acute disease can change your life overnight…and make you feel as though you’ve lost control of your own body. PatientBloggers find support, information and resources, and regain a sense of control via their blogging. But are there also down sides? Privacy concerns abound. Being identified as just a person with a disease can feel confining. And what if you’re cured or in remission? Where does your blogging (and more importantly: that close-knit, supportive community you've developed) go from there? Share your own stories with us, and find out how to manage it all from Loolwa Khazzoom, who, despite enduring chronic pain, has used dance to help herself and others find joy, Kerri Morrone Sparling, who has successfully battled Type 1 Diabetes since she was six, Jenni Prokopy, who writes about life with Fibromyalgia, Raynaud's Phenonmenon and GERD, and Casey from Moosh in Indy, who has written about infertility and depression. Mr Lady, who has written about mental illness and working through depression, moderates this discussion.

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