I was absolutely delighted at being nominated for The Disability Blogger Award by fibromomblog thank you! This award created by Georgina at https://www.chronillicles.com . It is to give a deserving nod to those bloggers who write about their experiences of physical or mental ill-health. Blogs are often a great source of extra support or guidance to those who are going through similar struggles and also a great resource of information. I know I used to read a lot myself when I was first unwell and they can be a real lifeline for those who are generally housebound.
So, to the questions!
1. What has been an unexpected occurrence from starting your blog?
How much I enjoy writing! But I would also have to say the incredibly lovely feedback I’ve had from people from all over the world. It’s amazing to think that my little posts and the lessons I’ve learned along the way can actually help people. Another delicious highlight was getting featured on Tiny Buddha a fabulous website that I read when I was struggling with pain. It’s wonderful to feel like I can give something back to that community.
2. Is there any advice you have for someone with a chronic illness that wants to start a blog?
Good question! Yes. Really think about why you want to do it and what you hope for your blog. Then, if it feeds your soul, go for it!
Personally speaking, I wanted both a creative outlet and a way to reach people going through similar struggles. I felt like I had something to say that might just be of some use. It’s an interesting perspective coming from an occupational therapy background to becoming a service user myself. I would also say that in my opinion quality counts more than quantity. There are a lot of blogs that churn out posts each week but they aren’t necessarily something I am going to choose to spend my time reading. Lastly don’t be afraid. If it helps just one person that is more than enough. In the words of Elie Wiesel – “You must tell your story. This is because, if even one person learns from it how to be more human, you will have made your memories into a blessing. We must turn our suffering into a bridge so that others might suffer less.”
3. What are some ways that you try to inspire others?
I try to inspire others through my love of nature. It gives us so much, especially to those of us who have physical or mental health needs and it asks for so little in return.
4. Do you have a flare or self-care kit? If so, what is in it? If not, why not?
I guess if I had a Mary Poppins bag for ill health in it you would find meditation, beautiful landscapes, photographs, literature, music and a lot of self-compassion. I’ve learned over the years that self-compassion for whatever I’m going through is a great healer. There would probably be some heat packs, hot baths, lavender oil, and chocolate in there too!
Nature and the Buddhist notion of impermanence which I’ve written about here are incredibly grounding and restorative for me. When I couldn’t get outside much I used some of the ideas here to bring the outdoors indoors
5. Is there something you do to take your mind off your illness?
Mindfulness and Netflix are very useful! As is the lovely community here on twitter. I love to watch hiking vlogs on youtube and hope to complete my own at some point.
That’s all folks! Let’s hear from some other bloggers that I would like to nominate and tip my hat to. These are :
Questions for the nominees
- What has been the greatest lesson you have taken from your illness experience?
- Who most inspires you – past or present?
- Can you describe some of the tools you use to encourage your experience of well-being?
- Do you have any unhelpful habits you would like to change?
- Are there any authors you would recommend that could be beneficial to others on their own journeys to well-being?
Rules for the disability blogger award:
- Thank your nominator
- Recognize Georgina from Chronillicles as the creator of the award and include her link https://www.chronillicles.com
- Use logo somewhere in the post
- Answer your nominator’s questions
- Write 5-15 of your own questions – they don’t have to be illness-related!
- Nominate 5-15 other disability, chronic illness, mental illness or special needs bloggers Comment on each of your nominees’ latest posts to tell them they have