Brigid over at Watching the Daisies was kind enough to nominate me for the Chronically Hopeful Award. There is no way I can express what Brigid means to me, I will let her own words tell you who she is and have to leave it at that.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener, and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from a debilitating illness.
The Chronically Hopeful Award has been created by Pamela, “to recognize the incredible people who blog about chronic illness, mental health, and disability.”
- 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.
Brigid’s Questions for Me:
- What advice would you give to a new blogger?
Just write. Be real. Write about your day, your ideas, what you hope to achieve, what your dog did! Don’t worry about perfection. Don’t worry about followers. I know its tough to look at other peoples blogs and see the number of followers and the number of comments. But believe me, you will end up reblogging many of your old posts, probably yourself. Once you get the hang of the style of blogger you hope to become, you will go back an re-do your first few posts. (I PROMISE you… it’s true!) For now, write and visit other blogs! Comment and don’t expect anything back. Reach out to one or two bloggers for advice. A little mentorship never hurt anyone. Blogging should be a way of expressing yourself, some use it as a ‘platform,’ and that is not my kind of blogging. I like to feel a sense of accomplishment when I get done with a post. Period. End of story.
2. How has blogging changed your life?
Oh my! I don’t know if I can count the ways. I adore blogging, and I live for the communication that I receive from it. The blogging community welcomed me, and I now have a sense of belonging to something much better than I could have ever dreamt of. I love my tribe!
3. What is the biggest lesson you have learned about your own health condition, that you wish you had learned sooner?
The reality is that no matter what I learn and how much I move forward, there are still people in my life who do not care to move forward with me. My Fibromyalgia Syndrome is chronic, it is here to stay! I was caught off guard at how much this certainty has turned some against me. (No, I am not going to “beat” this one.) It doesn’t matter how much I fight back, there is never a winner. I have to say that is the biggest lesson, about living with a chronic illness, I have learned and definitely needed to.
4. What hobbies do you enjoy?
Well, I like hobbies that are tangible. I like to write, so I wrote a book! The Shadow Boxers, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal. This is an interactive journal and the first, ever, published on Amazon about Fibromyalgia Syndrome. I am so proud of that! I believe my book is a useful resource for anyone with fibro no matter where in life you are with your illness. My co-writer and I wanted to offer options, not opinions. It is definitely not a ‘how-to’ book.
5. What dreams do you still want to fulfill?
Well! (Remember that tangible thing I have going on with me.) I have always wanted to travel. I love it, but I thought once I got sick, that part of my life was over. The hubby and I have been working towards becoming mobile so we could start traveling fulltime in an RV. It is now happening! Our house goes on the market on August 1, and upon that sale, we are ready to purchase our rig and start off on a new adventure! Crazy cool. We can finally see the goalie, and it looks like it’s all net!
Thank you, Brigid! I am truly honored to accept this award.
Now my nominees, and my five questions for them:
Caz at Invisibly Me
Wendi at Simply Chronically Ill
Mer at MerBear’s World
Wendy at Picnic With Ants
Karen at MS graceful…NOT!
- At what age were you were diagnosed?
- What were your first thoughts after you received this diagnosis?
- Do you think chronically ill people are expected to behave a certain way when they are in public?
- What is the biggest misconception about your illness?
- Have you seen any significant strides in the treatment for your illness?
I’m looking forward to your answers. You have been given this award from me. I hope you have time to accept and answer the questions. Either way, you are phenomenal bloggers! I count myself lucky to have come across your site, more importantly, your friendship. All of you truly deserved to be recognized!