The Chronically Hopeful Award

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.”

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.

Brigid’s Questions for Me:

  1. 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!

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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!

  1. At what age were you were diagnosed?
  2. What were your first thoughts after you received this diagnosis?
  3. Do you think chronically ill people are expected to behave a certain way when they are in public?
  4. What is the biggest misconception about your illness?
  5. 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!

 

 

 

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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!

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Versatile Blogger Award

Sadje from Keep it Alive has very kindly nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you don’t follow Sadje’s blog, please check it out. She is an incredible blogger. Sadje is a wordsmith! Thank you for the award, it means much coming from you, a very versatile blogger!

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The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

  1. If you are nominated, Congratulations you have been awarded the Versatile blogger award!
  2. Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog.
  3. Select 10 -15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Seven things about me:

  1. I have an invisible chronic illness, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, along with a few of its friends (coexisting conditions).
  2. I love to blog! I like to blog about different things; craft projects, poetry, life in general, but my main focus is Fibromyalgia Awareness. (I guess I am versatile!)
  3. I have a book published on Amazon. The ShadowBoxer’s, Fighting Fibromyalgia, Your Personal Journal. It happens to be the first interactive journal about fibromyalgia ever published on Amazon! (I am really proud of that!)
  4. I am married to a man that I have known since birth. (He was 6 years old.) Our families were and still are close. We didn’t start dating until I was 38 and we married about ten months later.
  5. I have a second blog many people do not know about called Stone in the Road. This blog is also chronic illness focused, but it is a collection of posts from many bloggers on all different topics.
  6. One of my brothers, I have three, was adopted from Seoul Korea.
  7. I can (and did through college) drive a 92 passenger school bus. I was licensed, air breaks certified, and passenger endorsed!

 

Here are my incredible nominees!

 

I wish I could nominate even more bloggers! This award is for those of you who would like to participate. I believe all of you are extremely valuable versatile bloggers! I know I enjoy following your blogs!

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The Liebster Award (x2)

Steve at MSich Chronicles and Tom at Tom Being Tom have nominated me for the Liebster Award, and I have been trying to keep up with these guys ever since! Check out their superb blogs! They write about everything you need to know and even things you didn’t think you needed to know, you do!

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Share eleven facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the eleven questions the blogger gave you.
  4. Nominate eleven bloggers who deserve the award.
  5. Create eleven original questions for the nominees to answer.
  6. Let them know they have been nominated.

Due to the length of this blog, eleven facts about me will be quick!

I am female, 5’2″. I am married, and I live with my husband, Jeff in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We have 2 dogs; Dora and Dezzie. I have had fibromyalgia for over 20 years. I wrote a book! (You should get it!) I admin a support group. I blog here, and I blog there.

Here are Steve’s eleven questions:

Do you prefer boxers, briefs or going commando? And for the ladies, what is your preference for the men in your life? Boxers, the knit kind with tight legs, please. (No one wants to see your junk!)

If you could sit down to talk with one non-religious person, dead or alive, who would that be and why? Marilyn Monroe. (My husband is obsessed with her, I want advice.)

What is your biggest fear? Snakes. (Big or little, venom or not!)

What is the most important quality you need in a friend? Humor.

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be? My health.

Who is your favorite author? Isabel Allende.

Small Town or Big City? Small Town on an Island!

Salt or sugar? Salt!!!

What is your favorite thing to do when you have some alone time? Watch paranormal TV shows. (They make me laugh when the characters get scared, I know its wrong to delight in others fear!)

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? Well, Woodstock or the Moon Landing? I’ll take Moon landing and the Rolling Stones for $600. Bob!

What is the one thing you would like to see happen before you die? Peace between the political parties in America.

Here are Tom’s eleven questions:

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? To be able to make money at a moments notice.

Would you use it for others, primarily, or for yourself? Myself. (I would share!)

Twenty years from today, someone hands you a potion and a piece of paper. They say you can drink the potion and live forever or open the paper and see when you will die. Which would you choose? I’m drinking the potion!

Would you be in favor of universal healthcare in America? I don’t believe it would work, many of us wouldn’t get the healthcare we need for chronic illness care but what the hell? Sure! Maybe if we all had adequate health care from birth we wouldn’t need all the specialists we end up with?

How about universal background checks on gun purchases in America? Absolutely.

What about universal domination of the cosmos by America? That’s a bit self-serving, no one should have that! Tom.

Do you wish, at this point, that there were only 7 questions? Yep!

Are alien species visiting the Earth? Yes, notice they keep taking us but sending us back? (Huge hint people!)

Was JFK killed as part of a conspiracy plot? Nope. Not everyone likes you no matter what your official title is. (Don’t ride in an open vehicle even the Pope learned this.)

Should a person do what they do best, as a means of personal income, or what they love most if the two are not the same? It depends, who depends on you? Make smart choices!

When you were 11 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? I think a nurse... I was very indecisive at 11.

The end! That was fun guys! Thanks!!!

For my eleven nominees… Remember to list eleven facts about yourself.

Now for your challenge should you choose to accept…

Take eleven photographs that will help us understand what you blog about and post them! There is no right or wrong way to do this. You can write explanations or not. It is all up to you! Help us learn about your purpose!

Click away at will!

My nominees:

If you read this post and are willing to take on the challenge, please do! You are my nominee for the Liebster Award! Please, don’t be shy… I can’t wait to see who will embrace this challenge!

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The Power of Two!

My dear “Kit”! (The one and only Gwen at The Kintsukuroi Life!) Has nominated me for not one, but two awards. TWO! I must say, after two trying weeks; medication issues, health issues, and days in bed, my attitude has just done a 360-degree turnaround! (Two is now a friendly number!) Thank you, Gwen! You are my cup of coffee every morning!

I happened upon a blog called the Kintsukuroi Life about 6 months ago and could not get enough. Gwen (I call her “Kit”) is passionate, take no prisoners, kind of writer. We often play off each other’s blog comments leading to discussions that must be blogged! Thank you, Kit, for the nominations, and I will gladly accept!

The Awesome Blogger Award~

This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”  Created by Miss Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala

The rules are simple:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

 

The Mystery Blogger Award~

“This is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. It appears to have been started by Okoto Enigma.

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions you were asked
  • Nominate 10 people & notify
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

 

Ten Questions (Both Awards) from Gwen:

  1. What changes would you like to see in the world within the next ten years? Well, I would have to say we find some “cures” to some of the invisible illnesses as I am a chronic illness blogger! (Free maid service would be helpful as well.) 
  2. Do you own any pets? If so, what kind? Yes! I currently have two Goldendoodles. A three-year-old tan one named Dezzie and a silver-colored one name Dora who is 12.
  3. What is your least liked thing about blogging? I really like blogging, but I am always concerned that I am putting out the correct information. I want my blog to be a place where questions can be asked and answered. I just don’t want to make a mistake!
  4. How in touch are you with your surroundings? Oh my, I’m a Virgo! If a curtain is not hanging correctly, I can’t go to bed until I’ve fixed it! I also have complete strangers tell me their life stories in public restrooms. I’m glad to help!
  5. What is your favorite social media site? Ted Talks. I just can’t help it!
  6. Do you wake up early or like to sleep late? I hardly ever sleep, such an unfair question! I tend to sleep whenever I can… sometimes this is at the most inopportune times!
  7. Where would you most like to visit and why? I love visiting the islands in the Gulf of Mexico! I love the people, the language, the colors, the water… I just love that area!
  8. If you could have a drink (can be water) with anyone alive or dead, who would you choose? Claire Booth Luce! She was everything there was to be in her time. She did it all! I would love to have just spent an afternoon with her, listening to her fabulous tales. 
  9. What is your favorite book? The Book of Spirits by Isabel Allende hands down! Then this leads to any book by Allende. She is a phenomenal writer!
  10. If you could be any animal what would you be? I guess some big cat … living in Africa. A lion, leopard, or cheetah.

 

Three Interesting Things About Me (Mystery Blogger):

It is harder than it seems, I assure you, to think of three interesting things that haven’t been shared yet in any awards. (I agree, Gwen!)

  1. I married a man who knew me since the day I was born. We grew up in a small town of 400 people. Our parents were best friends. Therefore, our families hung out a lot together. We both went our separate ways after high school graduation, but we always remained friends. We officially began dating in 2003 and were married in 2004.
  2. I have a brother who is adopted. At age nine, Kory Jon Severson (Kim Jung Hun) arrived in America at the MPLS/St. Paul Airport to find his newly adopted family of seven eagerly waiting for him. (Unfortunately, we lost Kory to a very aggressive form of cancer in 2003.)
  3. I was a director of one of the most extensive work release facilities for men in Seattle, Washington for five years.

Links to My Favorite Posts (Mystery Blogger):

I will list my readers top 3 visited posts.

 

***Ten nominations for the power of two; the Mystery Blogger Award and the Awesome Blogger Award;

Momentum of Jo

A Chronic Spoonful

Out an’ About

Invisibly Me

Matters for the heart

Watching the Daisies

kelleysdiy

FIBRO WARRIOR, My New Normal

Minimalist RD

Lori Schaffer Things I like Writing About

 

*Ten Questions.

  1. What is your favorite time of the day and why?
  2. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?
  3. What is your favorite movie?
  4. What is your go-to comfort food?
  5. If you could drive any car in the world, which one would it be?
  6. Do you play an instrument?
  7. How many times have you used your passport?
  8. Name your favorite book.
  9. What is a favorite memory of yours?
  10. Where have you found the most joy while visiting?

 *Three interesting things about you.

*Five favorite links to your own blog posts.

 

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The LIEBSTER Award 2017.

Hello fellow bloggers.

I am thrilled to be nominated for the most popular award on WordPress, the LIEBSTER AWARD 2017. Thank you so much, Dee Kay at The Immortal Arts by Dee Kay! Dee Kay’s blog is a must-read. He is a phenomenal wordsmith; short stories, poems and soul-searching posts. Check out his site!

The following are the 10 questions I received from Dee Kay. I will do my best to answer his questions then it is time for me to come up with 10 questions for my nominees, five to ten bloggers who I find interesting and as I have discovered these blogs I want to share them with you!

Questions from Dee Kay to ME.

  1. What is YOUR story? Write it in less than 250 words.

I am a Fibromyalgia Advocate, a blogger, an author, and a freelance copywriter. I am a woman who grew up in a small town of 400 people in Minnesota. I loved to watch airplanes fly through the clouds and pretend I was on one of those planes going somewhere exotic and vital. I was a fat child and was teased in elementary school, never bullied. Middle school, I lost the baby fat. High school was a breeze for me; I experienced boyfriends, best friends, cliques, and being nominated for Snowball Queen. (I didn’t win.) I went to college and worked in the social work/criminal justice arena for 20 years. I lived in Seattle for about five years, now I reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I married a man from that little town of 400 people I grew up in (he was always my secret crush) in 2004. I’ve had fibromyalgia for 21 years.

2. What according to you has been the turning point in your life and Why?

I was married and living well with my fibromyalgia. Things in my life had become do-able, and I was finally at peace. Then I developed idiopathic pancreatitis. It was three years of fighting for my life. Lengthy hospital stays and seven surgeries. Signing two DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) orders after the surgeon asked me to what lengths did I want him to go to keep me alive after the surgery. I was never expected to live. This was a turning point! A screaming wake-up and find some purpose in your life moment… so here I am.

3. If you are granted a wish to build a dream neighborhood, which 5 famous people (Past and present) would you choose and why?

Oh my! I would pick; Lucille Ball, Joan Rivers, Ethel Berge (my Grandma), Coco Channel and Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. Why? These women were smart, forward thinkers, and funny. I would need to live there too! Just to watch the interaction would be priceless and to think what I could learn!!!

4. What one message would you like to give to a teenager who is suffering from depression?

“Never, ever, ever, give up.”

5. If you have the power to change one thing/situation from your past, then what would it be and why?

I wouldn’t. 

5. Name 5 movies that had a real impact on you?

  • Sophie’s Choice.
  • I Dreamed of Africa.
  • Taking Chance.
  • Blackhawk Down.
  • 13 Hours.

6. What is your take on WARS? Do you think wars are important to shape the world?

War should be a severe teacher, but it is not because of how we receive information today. Real journalism is dead. There is nothing glamorous about war. Until we learn as a ‘population of the earth’ to get along, this world will continue to be at war. There are some extremely dangerous people in this world. There are times when we must take a stand as a nation that is considered to be a ‘superpower’ and say, “NO!” The result of taking that stand so far, unfortunately,  has been war. 

7. What would be your final words to your loved ones on your deathbed?

“I’m ready.”

8. Share an incident with us that was so overwhelming and touching that it still fill your heart with emotions?

The last hour with my brother as he lay in a hospital bed dying from an aggressive form of cancer. I held his hand and whispered the bedtime prayer we learned as children into his ear, ” Now I lay me down to sleep…” when I was finished, I told him it was OK to go. Then he did. 

9. Write a letter to any of the following (500 words)

  • Love
  • Death
  • Time
  • You (From the future/past)
  • A friend you lost.

Parameters of living a good life ~according to me!

Life is a process of surrender. Letting go of what no longer serves us and obtaining all that makes us better human beings. This can be accomplished. Understand your worth and what you need. Wanting and needing are two separate entities. Things will come to you if you have created space in your life for these things to enter. Choose what you need. Surrender what you do not. ~Kim

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So here are my nominees!

***But first … my request is simple to my nominees, post 10 pictures of yourself, your surroundings, that tell us who you are? Any 10 that you believe describe your life! The choice is yours, and I can not wait to see!***

MJ Aragon; Fibro Warrior, My New Normal.

Wendy Holcombe;  Picnic with Ants

CAZ; Invisibly Me

JoAnna; ArtbyJWP, Find a Way

Terri; Reclaiming Hope

There are so many others, but I know they have recently received this award! And so very deserving of this award, many have been two or three-time winners! I will stop with these five incredible bloggers and hope they will accept and nominate bloggers of their choice as well.

Many Thanks, Dee Kay!

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I am a Unique Blogger!

Yep, I got an award from a young lady named Mackenzie at https://life with an illness.wordpress.com! She has a laundry list of illnesses, she is going through so much, but she also is a talented blogger… check out her blogs.

I must admit I don’t normally accept awards, well obviously… I DO! But few and far between. As I read about being a Unique Blogger it brought me back to a time after my husband and I had purchased our home, my sister-in-law was walking through our home and said, “I just love to look at how you decorate!” I smiled (her house was immaculately decorated) … my niece chimed in asking, “what do you call this?” My sister-in-law paused for a long moment and said “eclectic”. My niece looked at me obviously puzzled, so I replied, “A lot of junk thrown together in an orderly fashion!” I laughed and laughed as I was now known as the ‘eclectic’ Auntie.

Yes, I’m down for receiving the Unique Blogger Award!

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Mackenzie, here are the answers to your questions;

1. What makes me happy? 

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Dora and Dezzie.

2. What is one goal you want to accomplish?

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I wrote a book!

3. What would I tell my teenage self?

 

 

***My nominees are as follows, optional if you accept, answer with pictures as I have, that is my request. Tell us three things about yourself using photos! Ready, set go!

Gwyn at https://thekintsukuroilife.com

Wendy at https://picnicwithants.com

Mer at https://knockedoverbyafeather.wordpress.com

MJ at https://fibrowarriormynewnormal.wordpress.com

Terri at https://reclaiminghope.blog/

MoJo at https://themomentumofjo.wordpress.com

Alyssa at https://positivelyalyssa.wordpress.com

Lady Fibro Warrior at https://ladyfibrowarrior.wordpress.com

 

Thanks, Mackenzie!

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