Call for Submissions: Why Do You Share About Your Illness Online?

As the Social Media Intern at The Partnership For Palliative Care, I did not know much about palliative care when I began working here, but I did know something about illness.

In 2008, at the age of 22, I was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. This was a complete shock and a stunning blow. I had no idea what lupus was and I thought rheumatoid arthritis was something only old people get. I felt completely and utterly alone. While I didn’t even know what a blog was, just a week after my diagnosis, I took to the blogosphere and began sharing my journey with chronic illness….Why do you blog or share through social media about your illness? Join us in starting a conversation about this topic through our first blog carnival.

About Leslie Rott

Leslie Rott earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan in 2013 and is currently working on a Master’s in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. In 2008, during her first year of graduate school, she was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. She authors the blog Getting Closer To Myself, which chronicles her illness experience. She also writes for several other health sites. Originally from Michigan, she currently resides in New York, and aspires to work with chronically ill students in higher education as a patient advocate.