My 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:
- 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.
- 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?”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 Me. Caz 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 Ill. Like 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 II. V.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 Adulting. I 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….NOT! Grace 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 Space. Marie 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 Wheelies. George 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 UK. Bar 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 Life. Cynthia’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 MS. I 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….
- What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your blog?
- 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???
- Why did you decide to start your blog/advocacy work?
- What is one thing you’re really good at? Don’t be modest — tell us something you have a talent for!
- 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!