Nominated For the Chronically Hopeful Award https://reclaiminghope.blog

I’m So Honored…. I’ve Been Nominated For The Chronically Hopeful Award!

ChronicallyHopefulAwardMy fabulous friend Pamela (https://pamelajessen.com) from There Is Always Hope has created a new award and guess what! She’s nominated me as one of the first recipients, and I couldn’t be more honored.

She writes a beautiful, inspirational blog, and is extremely involved in advocacy work for the chronic illness community. I’ve told her on more than one occasion that I want to be like her when I grow up.

This particular award is especially meaningful for me, because my entire reason for blogging is to hopefully instill feelings of hope in others who are living with chronic illness.

The Chronically Hopeful Award is, in her words, “to recognize the incredible people who blog about chronic illness, mental health and disability.”

I haven’t been participating in blogging awards for the last year or so, but how could I not accept such an honor? It also gives me a chance to recognize some of the wonderful chronic illness bloggers who welcome me into their online “homes”, exude joy and hope, and whose friendship is invaluable.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank your nominator
  • Recognize Pamela from There Is Always Hope as the creator of this award and link her URL – https://pamelajessen.com
  • Use the Chronically Hopeful Award logo somewhere in your post
  • Copy these rules onto your post
  • Answer your nominator’s questions
  • Write 5-10 of your own questions (they don’t need to be illness related)
  • Nominate 5-10 other chronic illness, mental illness, or disability bloggers
  • Comment on each of your nominees’ latest posts to tell them they have been nominated

Pamela’s Questions For Me:

  1. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your blog? That it’s a continual learning process. When I first started this blog, I naively thought all I needed to do was just sit at the computer and write. Boy, was I ever wrong! It seems there’s always something I need to learn in order to make this blog better. Also, the more I learn the more I realize how much further I still have to go.
  2. If you could tell people ONE thing about living with a chronic illness, mental illness or disability, what would you want the general public to know??? There will be times when your chronically ill friend or family member has to cancel plans, sometimes at the last minute. Please know that they hate to do this, and usually feel a tremendous amount of guilt. I know it can be frustrating, especially if it happens more than once. To keep from being angry or getting your feelings hurt, it might be helpful to take a minute to stop and think, “If I were in this situation, how would I want my friend/family member to react?”
  3. Why did you decide to start your blog/advocacy work? After dealing with feelings of hopelessness a couple of years after my diagnosis, I realized I had a unique opportunity. I could walk alongside others living with this unpredictable syndrome, share my story, and hopefully help them avoid that sense of hopelessness I had experienced. I wanted to share encouragement and the practical things that make living with fibromyalgia easier.
  4. Do you have a favorite dessert? This is a hard one….. I tend to like different things at different times. I’d say my all-time favorite is my Mom’s Sour Cream Poundcake though.
  5. What is your favorite show or movie currently? This is another hard one. Most of my favorite shows are on break right now: This Is Us, all the shows in the NCIS franchise, A Million Little Things, and SEAL Team. Right now, we’re watching American Ninja Warrior and America’s Got Talent.

My Nominees:

I would love to nominate all my blogger friends — it’s hard to narrow it down to 5 or 10 nominees! I do want to use this to say thank you to all of you, but since this is a new award, I also want to mention some specific people who always leave me feeling hopeful after I’ve read their blogs.

Hope comes in many forms, and so many of you make me feel hopeful at different times and in various ways. Whether it’s your honesty about living with your illness, a great sense of humor, a place I can go to find artwork to make my heart smile, or find things to make life easier, each of you encourage me in your own special way.

In no special order, here are my nominees:

  • Caz from Invisibly MeCaz inspires me with her resilience and determination to live life to the fullest in spite of the many challenges she’s faced in her young life. She encourages me (and I’m sure many others) by the thoughtful comments she leaves.
  • Wendi from Simply Chronically IllLike Caz, Wendi encourages so many of us by the comments she leaves on our blogs, and her blog is just as encouraging. She shares her life with us through beautiful poetry, and her gorgeous spirit shines through everything she writes.
  • V.J. from One Woman’s Quest IIV.J. is actually the one who first opened my heart to poetry. Prior to meeting her, I really disliked it, but in reading her beautifully written poems that run the gamut from haunting to hopeful (sometimes all in the same poem), I’ve gained an appreciation for this art form.
  • Mishka from Crafts, Chronic Illness, and AdultingI just love Mishka’s gentle spirit and encouraging style. I always come away from her blog smiling because she always shares her beautiful artwork at the end.
  • Grace from MS Graceful….NOTGrace handles every challenge thrown at her with, well…. grace. Oh, and let’s not forget humor! Even though she’s dealt with more than her fair share of challenges, you can almost always count on a chuckle from her posts.
  • Marie from Create SpaceMarie shares her family’s story of bullying, and the devastating effects it has on the mental health of those affected. Although the subject matter has the potential to be weighty and heartbreaking, Marie balances this by sharing how one can rise above the effects of bullying and make a difference in the world.
  • George from Popping WheeliesGeorge writes about what it’s like to live life on wheels, as he puts it. Reading his blog is always educational for me, and he has a great sense of humor, so I always feel better after our “visit” than before I stopped by.
  • Bar from Back Pain Blog UKBar is always on the lookout for new treatments and products that make life with chronic pain better. I’ve used several of her recommended products and haven’t been disappointed!
  • Cynthia from My Inspired Fibro LifeCynthia’s blog is just filled with inspiration, and I’m always happy I visited. I just love her Letter Board posts where she posts quotes that challenge and inspire.
  • Heather from Dinosaurs, Donkeys, and MSI couldn’t have a list of “hopeful” blogs without including Heather and the adorable Dizzy. I’m pretty sure there’s nobody here who hasn’t heard of Dizzy, but just in case you haven’t, be prepared for a cuteness overload!

My Questions For My Nominees:

I’m going to steal a few of Pamela’s questions here….

  1. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your blog?
  2. If you could tell people ONE thing about living with a chronic illness, mental illness or disability, what would you want the general public to know???
  3. Why did you decide to start your blog/advocacy work?
  4. What is one thing you’re really good at? Don’t be modest — tell us something you have a talent for!
  5. What do you like to do for enjoyment?

You are all such a blessing to me, and I appreciate you inviting me into your online “homes”!

As I said, there are many more of you who inspire me every day in addition to these wonderful people and I can’t thank each of you enough.  Thanks for making the blogosphere a positive gathering place!

Blessings,

~Terri

46 comments

  1. Congratulations! I’m not surprised at this. You are one of the most inspiring and encouraging people I know. I’m thankful to know you and am helped every time I read your posts, even though I do not suffer from fibromyalgia. Keep it up!

    1. Awww…. Thank you so much! You’re much too kind. As far as being inspiring or encouraging, it’s only because I hang out with that kind of people – like you guys! Hugs!

  2. Congratulations very well deserved! It makes me happy to see such great bloggers being recognized for their work. Your posts are very helpful so keep up the good work.sa

    1. Thank you so much Sarah! You’re far too kind. I’m in such good company with you and all my other blogging friends!

  3. Congratulations on the very well-deserved award, Terri! I loved reading your answers, and I agree with blogging being a continual learning process and how there’s far more to blogging than meets the eye when you first start. You should be very proud of everything you’re achieving through your wonderful blog, the awareness you raise and the support you give are priceless.
    We don’t have poundcake in the UK, and although I’ve heard of it, I must admit I don’t have a clue what it actually is! I’ll have to ask Mr Google to enlighten me 😆
    Thank you so much for the very kind nomination! ♥
    I hope you have a restful weekend lovely,
    Caz xxxx

    1. Thank you so much Caz! I appreciate your kind words so much! I don’t know exactly how to explain poundcake…. It’s a little more dense than regular birthday-cake type cakes, and it doesn’t normally have frosting. Sometimes people will put a kind of glaze on top, especially if it’s a lemon one…. I’m not a huge fan of things that are overly sweet; that’s probably why I like the poundcake so much.😁 You are so deserving of this nomination! Thank you for being a light here in the blogosphere. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Terri, congratulations on this very deserved award! You are such a huge advocate for those of us suffering from chronic illness and it is always a pleasure to read your posts. I am so thankful and appreciative that you are here on WordPress! Thank you for thinking of me for this award, I am truly humbled. This award coming from you makes it extra special 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Wendi! You’re far too kind. You are so deserving of this nomination. Thanks for spreading love and light around the blogosphere!

  5. You definitely deserve this, dear friend. Give me a bit to think about it. My brain has trouble following more than two steps, so I’ll have to do it when I am clear minded, lol.

    1. Thank you so much V.J.! Please don’t feel any pressure at all to participate – I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your positive presence here in the blogosphere. Blessings to you sweet friend!

  6. Congratulations, Terri! Very well deserved!! I always come away from your posts reflecting on how to better my life or be a better human. Thank you for pouring so much of yourself into it and sharing so much valuable content. And thank you for the nomination and kind words about my blog! I appreciate it and look forward to responding. I’ll let you know when I do. 😊🌸

    1. Awww….thank you so much Mishka – you’re far too kind! You know I always enjoy my visits to your blog. Your positive attitude and beautiful artwork always brighten my day. Now if I could just learn to paint like you….😊

  7. Congratulations Terri on a well-deserved award! Even though I tend to get a little behind with reading and commenting on posts, but I absolutely LOVE reading your amazing and well written posts brilliant!

    1. Oh Alyssa, you’re far too kind! Thank you so much for your kind words! I had a hard time only naming 10 bloggers because there are so many people, including you, whom I love visiting and who add value to my life every day. Blessings to you sweet friend!

  8. Congratulations Terri! And thank you so much for the nomination. Like you, I haven’t taken part in any awards for a while, but this one is so special, I can’t not! 🙂 It was so lovely reading your replied, and I shall get Dizzy working on ours tonight. 🙂 xxx

    1. Thank you so much Heather! Please don’t feel any pressure to participate, but of course, I’d love to see what you and Dizzy do.😊 I always look forward to what Dizzy and her friends are doing, and I always learn a lot too. Hugs to you and Dizzy!

  9. Congratulations Terri! I enjoyed reading your answers… now I’m craving pound cake. It is time a new Award was started! Your friend designed this one nicely. AND I love your nominees! Perfect picks! Yay!

    1. Thank you so much Kim! It was hard to only nominate 10 because there are so many wonderful people, including you, who make my life so much better, but you know me — I’m a rule-follower.😁 Must be the military background….LOL Sending hugs your way!

    1. Thank you so much Brigid! I know your blog is award-free, but my “tours” with you always make me smile and encourage me. Blessings to you!

    1. Thank you so much Michelle! I hope you’ll check out the ones you’re not familiar with. They’re all really encouraging and educational, as is your blog. Sending hugs!

      1. I’m so glad to hear that! I’m sure you’ll all enjoy getting to know each other!

    1. Thank you so much Deborah, and congratulations to you too! I look forward to getting to know you!

    1. Thanks so much for participating Bar! You definitely deserve this. You’ve helped me personally with all the information you share, and I’m sure you’ve helped many others as well. Hugs!

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