I have received the Valiant Blogger Award! I was nominated by my friend Terri, who blogs on Reclaiming Hope. I am so excited to receive this award and I thank Terri for her friendship and informative and creative blogs. She definitely deserved this award and will be featured in the Hall of Valor. I learn something new every time I read one of her posts, thank you, Terri!
So what is the Valiant Blogger Award? I will use founder of the award, Liz’s own words;
The Valiant Blogger Award is for the blogger who is brave and courageous. It is dedicated to someone who, despite being faced with the most difficult obstacles in life, chooses to fight on and never give up. It is for the lion-hearted, one who faces fears and challenges, who has become an inspiration to others along the way.
So the rules for receiving the award are:
- Post the award on your blog.
- Provide a link to the Hall of Valor .
- In 200 words or less, share about the greatest challenge in your life and how you got through it.
- Give one piece of advice to people who are struggling with something in their life.
- Thank the person who nominated you, and nominates a new blogger for the award.
I have fought fibromyalgia for over twenty years. I am constantly researching and supporting others with this disease through my blog, I tripped over a stone. I co-wrote a book, The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia. It is an interactive journal for those who are attempting to learn to live their best life with Fibromyalgia. (It is currently on Amazon.)
The greatest challenge that I have faced up to this day is a battle with idiopathic pancreatitis. It began in September of 2012 and continued until my last procedure in July 2013. I was in the hospital eleven times, each stay was quite lengthy. I had seven operations. On two occasions, the surgeon asked me, “to what lengths” did I want him to go to preserve my life? I signed a DNR both times, I was so ill, none of us thought I’d survive the operation. My husband and I said our goodbyes but each time I went into surgery, my husband would give me a kiss and whisper, “Try to wake-up.” And I did, every time.
I have recovered, but will always battle idiopathic pancreatitis attacks. (The attacks come at will as there is no known reason for my type of pancreatitis.) I know what to do when I have them and they can usually be handled at home without hospitalization. But after being so ill for so long I lost my ability to think constructively, with purpose. I started with adult coloring books, art journals, and tangles; learning patterns and putting them into a picture format. I learned to write in complete sentences by journaling. Finally, in 2016, I began blogging as a means to practice my writing and record what I had been through to reach others. Before I knew it I was involved in co-authoring a book and administrating a support group for fibromyalgia! I fought and I won!
One piece of advice that I have learned and would like to share is learning to grieve. You must allow yourself to grieve the old you, the healthy you that no longer exists. Get to know the new you and find your strengths. You will find them and you will find purpose!
Again, I wish to thank Terri at Reclaiming Hope, I am honored to be chosen.
I’d like to nominate my friend, Mer, at Knocked Over by A Feather. She epitomizes the brave and courageous fighter who has overcome difficult obstacles in life and chooses to fight on. She has a very successful blog and has helped so many people with all types of conditions of chronic illness and disease. She is truly a valiant blogger!