Oops, I Did it Again!

First, I must begin with apologies! I am very late in responding to these two awards. I am very honored to receive The Disability Award from Stacey at Fighting with Fibro. I also was awarded The Blogger Recognition Award from Sadje at Keep it Alive. Both these ladies are fantastic bloggers. (Stacy and Sadje, I am very sorry for my tardy response!) Please check out these outstanding bloggers, you will not be sorry!

First, The Blogger disAbility Award! I always have to put a bit of spin on the word disAbility! Sorry, Stace! (It stems from a childhood birth trauma.)

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Stacey would like the following questions answered, then choose nominees to receive the award, and develop new questions for them. Also, the award picture displayed!

OK. I got this. Here we go…

Nominee questions:

  1. What was the first sign of your illness? I was a passenger in a car accident in 1998. I developed acute pain that turned chronic and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2001.
  2. What is your worst symptom, and how do you cope with it? Boy, it depends on the day! I think the thing that annoys me the most is the back pain. I can deal with the fatigue, the overall pain, and all the other little pain pals that come with fibro, but the back pain really can become overwhelming.
  3. What one thing about you has changed as a result of your struggles? Well, let’s see… I lost my career, my home, and my fiance. My bank account went to zero and I … oh! One thing!?!? I am a kinder person. I know myself. That is the most significant change. I have taken the time to get to know who I am and what I stand for. 
  4. What words of advice or encouragement would you give to someone else suffering? Never, ever, ever give up.
  5. Name one good thing that has come out of having a chronic illness? I believe I can connect with others who may be having difficulties with their illness. 
  6. What one thing do you disagree with that is widely accepted as true about your condition? Exercise makes it better! It does NOT. I believe we all benefit from getting some exercise, but it is not a treatment plan for fibromyalgia!
  7. If you could change only one aspect of your illness, what would it be? Other than not having it, the “invisible” part of it. It really is a son of a gun to have and to not be able to point anywhere on your body and say, “See, there it is, right there.”
  8. Name the one thing that works best for you for symptom relief. Truth be told; pain pills. When I have a flare, if I am allowed to treat the pain with an opioid, (yes the “O” word) I am still able to function like a ‘normal’ person, and the flare time decreases with pain management.
  9. Based on your experience, what is one thing that you would tell someone newly diagnosed with chronic illness? The first few years are undoubtedly the hardest. It does get easier. You must grieve for the person you were and welcome the person that you have become because of this illness. Take your time, grieve fully, and embrace this new person. You may even find out that you like this new you!
  10. Why did you start blogging? See answer below.

I will ask my questions and nominate a few bloggers for both awards at the end of this post. Thank you again, Stacey, at Fighting with Fibro, for nominating me for this new award! Very exciting!

I must also say thank you again to Sadje at Keep it Alive! I am very late in response, but I am so appreciative of this Blogger Recognition Award. In fact, it’s one of my favorites!

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Sadje’s Award Rules are as follows:

  • Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

How it all started;

As most of you know, I started blogging to regain my ability to write a complete sentence. (Look at me now, you can’t shut me up!) I had gone through a succession of surgeries to remove a blockage in my pancreas caused by a biliary issue. I had seven surgeries in two years. The surgeon told me I would pay for having that much anesthesia in such a short amount of time. I did. Memory loss and an inability to write complete sentences. I got the writing back, (no smart talk, I know my writing leaves many of you in a perpetual state of awe) but I did not regain much of my memory from those two years. (Thank you brain, I really do not want to remember that hellish time.) Then I wrote a book! It is an interactive journal and is sold on Amazon.

Take a peek!

The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal

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My two pieces of advice for new bloggers;

This is the fun part! I do take this very seriously.

#1. Just blog! Write and write and write. Don’t worry about stats, followers, or opinions. Write from your own experience because that is what makes you a unique blogger. Tell us about your journey!

#2. If you want others to read your blog, read other blogs!!! Don’t forget to comment. I’ve met some incredible bloggers just by following the comments and responding. That is the best part of blogging; the community! You’ll find your tribe. They will be on your side through thick and thin. I love my tribe!

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In response to these two awards, I will nominate eight bloggers who live with chronic conditions to receive both awards! But first, I need to put a little spin on one of these awards. Now you have choices. (The meme police may be nearby if anyone has bail money…?)

Pick the two award pictures you want to be displayed on your blog, and I have ten questions for the following eight nominees.

*Please remember, there is no pressure, no time limit, the awards are yours whether you post or not!

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These eight are incredible individuals who blog and have to deal with chronic illness on a daily basis. I am honored to be a part of their tribe.

I have 10 questions for you! I am borrowing a few questions from Stace because I loved them! (I really want to read YOUR answers!)

  1. What were the first symptoms you experienced?
  2. Name one good thing that has come out of your chronic illness?
  3. What is one thing that is believed to be accurate about your condition that isn’t?
  4. What is the worst symptom you deal with?
  5. What advice would you give to someone who is newly diagnosed?
  6. What is one thing you miss doing before you were diagnosed?
  7. What is the one thing that you do that helps the most with your symptoms?
  8. Do you find the word, “disability,” offensive?
  9. Since your illness, what is the most important lesson you have learned about yourself?
  10. Do you celebrate the 4th of July?

Remember to answer the questions for the Blogger Recognition Award! How did you start blogging and two pieces of advice for new bloggers?

Have fun! Again, thanks to Stace and Sadje! SO incredibly kind of each of you to nominate me for these awards!

img_0992-3~Kim

 

 

33 comments

  1. Kim, I so appreciated reading all of your responses to the award questions, congratulations on your awards………you deserve every form of recognition you receive!
    One of the statements that you made was take the time to grieve. This comment hit me like a ton of bricks and brought tears pouring down my face. I realized just at that moment that I have never taken the time to grieve………life had to move on, I had 4 kids 8 and under and although I was ill I had to suck it up and do what had to be done. The task was daunting and I was too tired to grieve…….I was scared, pissed, sick and tired, barely making it through the days, but now that my kids are older and your words of wisdom hit me harder than I knew words could, I now know what I need to do. Bless you Kim for helping me, I am so very grateful! Thank you also for including me with the awards, I am humbled that I am included with such amazing individuals! 🙂

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    1. Oh Wendi! I got teary eyed just reading your comment. Yes, my dear, you MUST grieve… it takes time. You obviously had your hands very full. I promise if you let yourself say goodbye to the pre-illness Wendi and meet the new Wendi, you will grow to love her just as much as I do! You have so much to offer! So much light and wisdom!!! I can’t wait to see you shine! You are more than deserving of the awards. Congratulations! Have fun with them. They aren’t meant to be a drag! I’m so happy you’ll accept and I look forward to reading your answers. xoxo

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  2. Congratulations on the award. Thanks for accepting and paying it forward. You are definitely a very brave person. It is inspiring to read your blog. Great advice to bloggers as well.

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    1. Thanks, Sadje!
      Just an FYI! Something went haywire in my computer and I lost your comments to spam. I pulled them out (you weren’t the only one) and I am answering now. Just in case you haven’t heard from others, they may want to check their spam folder manually! But I think this happened on my computer, everything went haywire when we lost power a week or so ago.

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  3. Kim,
    Your authenticity and hold-no-bars…grace…I’m blown away, my friend! I hate that you suffer, but if ever a syndrome had to have an ambassador, a person who reaches out and holds hands and offers comfort and hope with her words and heart, there is no better than you! Congratulations on your award, Kim! I’m so blessed that we’ve become friends through blogging! Hugs, Mona

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    1. You are so kind! What a sweet soul you are! Thank you so very much for commenting, Mona. I feel as if I received another award just being granted access to your posts on Wayward Sparkles! You are fun, bright, funny, AND warm. I, too, am thrilled we’ve become friends! You are a beautiful member of my tribe!😊💜

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  4. Many congratulations Kim. I love reading your answers. The grief does take time to heal doesn’t it? I cannot imagine having 7 ops in two years. I remember how floored I was after having my gallbladder removed. It was no picnic.

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    1. Thanks Brigid! The grieving part is sooo important, as you know. Yep, 7. They didn’t expect me to get that far, I wasn’t supposed to. Even the surgeon had ‘the Talk’ with me. I signed two DNRs during that time. Surprised everyone! I made it. I am with you on the gallbladder! Mine was bad, that was one of the 7 surgeries, felt like my entire side had been ripped out! I agree, bad surgery! Glad you came through it! Thanks for the comments and the congrats. I always look forward to hearing from you!😊💜

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          1. I’m finally out of the boot! I’m being very careful. Keep your fingers crossed! Glad your doing okay Kim. I finally finished the house, and is going on the market. It took a lot longer than expected, 8 months, a long time huh!? I’m just glad I was able to balance on the scooter…love that thing but my knee got really sore. Have a great weekend, I’m gonna sit outside and watch the stars…..with a glass of wine and my doggies of course!

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  5. Congratulations on the very well-deserved award! You’ve given some great answers; it’s hard to pick just one response for questions sometimes, like with what’s changed because of your illness. I think you’ve done a brilliant job in answering the questions, and I needed to read your advice on no.4 today as things have been feeling rather rocky lately. You deserve more than a blogging award, Kim, you deserve all the awards and medals there are!
    Thank you for the very kind nomination  ♥
    PS. Sorry I’m so late catching up – as always, I’m far behind with everything!! 😂

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    1. As for #4, I meant that with everything I am. Caz never ever, ever give up! We go through these ups and downs but… the downs are temporary. You got this. It’s ok to be behind, then you always have a route to go! No worries! Your friendship, this blogging tribe we are part of… I receive much more than I give! Thanks Caz! (You can email me or reach out to me anytime, I’m open 24/7!)

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  6. Wow! I’ve been blogging for 10 minutes and I’m getting awards?!? I’m gobsmacked, Kim! For you to include me with these other amazing bloggers just blows me away. Thank you so much. From the moment of our first contact, you have been there for me, encouraging, prompting, advising, inspiring, motivating, endorsing, and championing. Without you cheering me on, I don’t know that I would have made a second post. How does one say thank you to someone who has given so much, in such a short amount of time and done so, so selflessly? I have a lot of paying forward to do. For I could never pay this back. You’re in my heart, Kim. XO

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    1. You deserve both awards! Without a doubt. I had help when I started. I learned very early this wasn’t a contest, this was a community. A tribe. When things were good, I wrote about it and this tribe cheered me on. When things were bad, I wrote about it and this tribe rallied around me, supported me, encouraged me and for the first time I wasn’t told what to do, I was shown HOW… I hope I have paid this forward. I have no doubt, you will as well. You will be there for that person who asks for someone to hear them. That is the only thanks I’ll ever need or want. xo

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