I don’t often do blogger awards here. However, I’ve been nominated for a few lately and although I’m late in doing this, I wanted to acknowledge the kind nominations. I’ll be breaking a few rules by keeping this short & sweet. It’s the only time I get to break the rules so please forgive me 😉
Disability Blogger Award
This was started by the lovely Georgina from Chronillicles, where you can find the full rules.
Chronically Hopeful Award
Thank you Pamela at There Is Always Hope for creating this fantastic award & nominating me. Thanks for further nominations from Terri at Reclaiming Hope, Heather at Dinosaurs, Donkeys & MS and Kim at ITrippedOverAStone.
Sunshine Blogger, Blogger Recognition & Liebster Awards
For the Sunshine award, thank you to Helen at Helen’s Journey, Sarah at Life With Spina Bifida, Catherine at Kittyjade (who also nominated me for the Liebster Award along with Jordyn from The Chronically Unimaginable), Eliza at Journey To Life, James at James A. Best, Penny at Hope Found in M.E. A big thank you to the wonderful Gail at Gail Loves God for the Blogger Recognition award nomination.
Instead of answering questions for each, I’ve picked a few questions from different awards asked by different bloggers.
1. What are your best tips for getting through a bad pain flare day?
Close your eyes & click the heels of your shoes together three times, then hope for the best.
2. When was your last vacation and how was it?
It was an all inclusive 8 night stay in Le Hospital. I took a car ride to A&E and was upgraded to emergency surgery and then the general ward. The deluxe suite was fully booked so I bunked with other hospital holidaymakers. Poor window view, too loud, and the food wasn’t up to much. I wouldn’t recommend it on TripAdvisor.
3. If you didn’t have a health condition, but you still wanted to blog, what would be your niche?
It probably would have been a book blog, or more of a self-help/psychology-inspired blog. Better yet, a blog reviewing chocolate. That would have been a good idea!
4. What is your favourite season and why?
Summer. My body seems perpetually cold, so warmer weather means I feel a little better and don’t have to dress like the fashionable Michelin man. There have to my limits to my attractiveness 😉
5. If you could time travel, which time would you travel to?
The 60s for flares, platforms, The Kinks, psychedelic flowers & free love!
6. What’s the last book you read?
Tami Hoag – Secrets to the Grave. Brilliant!
7. What is your favourite pain or illness distraction and why?
If I can concentrate, it would be snuggling up with a good book, a cuppa tea, blankets and letting the writing absorb my thoughts.
8. What is your favourite book and tell me why?
I don’t have a favourite, but I’m hooked on American crime thrillers.
9. When you are in a mental funk what do you do?
A shower really refreshes me. I also find something quite cathartic about decluttering as it helps provide some mental space. Getting out in nature, talking a little walk, music and a general change of scenery can all help to dust off the cobwebs.
10. What one thing about you has changed as a result of your struggles?
I’m far more assertive than I ever was. I still have difficulties with many things though, like confidence in using disabled toilets when necessary for my stoma.
11. Name one good thing that has come out of having chronic illness?
I’ve had to adapt my perspective on life and adjust my expectations, along with changing the path I’m travelling. I’ve become a blogger, I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve met some amazing people, making priceless friendships along the way.
12. If you could changed only one aspect of your illness(es), what would it be?
That any of them exist, full stop.
13. What one thing do you disagree with that is widely accepted as true about your condition?
That fibromyalgia is just about all-over body pain. No, it’s so much more than that.
14. Why did you start blogging?
It was just after I had my ileostomy and I wanted to raise awareness of life with stomas and chronic/invisible illness, hopefully also helping others to feel less alone in their own struggles.
15. Where would your dream holiday be and why?
Somewhere warm, sunny and that I preferably don’t have to pay for. Better start entering some competitions..!
16. What series are you enjoying the most right now?
Since getting Amazon Prime again recently, I’ve picked up where I left off with season 2 of Parks & Recreation, so I’ve breezing through that. It’s so easy to watch and always puts a smile on my face. Other good Prime Video picks include The Good Fight, the US version of The Office, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor, and Animal Kingdom.
17. What is one thing you’re really good at?
Moaning. It’s a solid British trait. If only there were competitions for such a talent.
18. What is the first thought you had this morning?
No. No no no.
19. Since your illness, what is the most important lesson you have learned about yourself?
That I have a deep love for pyjamas.
20. If you were a dinosaur, what dinosaur would you be and why?
Reptar, from the Rugrats. He’s cute but badass.
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Thank you for the kind nominations, and thanks to you all for reading, commenting, liking & lurking. It’s very much appreciated. I hope you all have as good a week as possible. Be kind to yourselves ♥