I haven’t been keeping up with the awards lately.  A few very nice people nominated me last fall, but I never got around to fulfilling the criteria due to my issues.  But today a gentleman at one of my favorite blogs sent me the Liebster award, and I happened to be sitting in front of the computer when he posted it.

This blog was one of the first I came across when I was possibly? diagnosed with sarcoidosis.  Just the title, Life With Sarcoidosis, pretty much explains it all.  His posts are informative and funny.  So thank you, Basil.

The following blogs that I nominate are:

Lethargic Smiles– a young woman living with a rare disease

The Power of Silence– a blog about healing from childhood sexual abuse

Decimawho – a blog about living with Lyme disease

Healing From Complex Trauma and PTSD – the name basically explains it

And to answer the questions:

1. How long have you been blogging?

18 months

2. Who do you write for? Yourself or an audience or both?

I basically write for myself.  Handwriting is so much more difficult with the fibro.  Typing is much faster.  But as a nurse I feel it is my duty to share my experiences and health knowledge.  

3. How has blogging influenced your life?

It helps me see perspective.  I can go to posts a year ago and see how much better I am doing.  I have “met” so many people from all over who are struggling with similar issues who offer support and it is amazing.  With my family, although it causes some problems, I truly think that they never gave my particular point of view much thought before seeing it written in black and white.  So it is definitely a beneficial thing.

4. Do you believe purpose is given or made?

Given.  I’ve been drawn to nursing for my entire life.  And I have to believe that I’ve been “gifted” with this chronic illness in order to make me a more compassionate nurse.

5. Mac or PC?

6. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
Europe.  Particularly Italy, France.

7. What is your favorite film?
I really can’t narrow it down.  I love comedies, I love the Daniel Craig James Bond movies, superhero movies.  Lately I’ve been watching “The Avengers” repeatedly because it’s on Amazon Prime

8. What is truth?
What you know in your heart is right.

9. A perfect world to you is…?
No illness?  I don’t know.  A place where everyone is responsible for themselves and has the ability to empathize with others.

10. What advice would you give to others bloggers?
Who cares what others think.  Write your world.  Your perspective.  It’s your blog.



Amazing Sunshine

freeimage-3227853Sunshine has been on a roll.

Wednesday she was named “Daisy of the week” for her good behavior at her Daisy meeting.

Thursday she took 2nd place in the science fair (I guess the judges noted that she did the vast majority of it by herself).

Friday she was named “Brilliant Brave”, which is basically a “student of the week” thing.

I am so proud of my little dynamo.

She is learning that her hard work does pay off.  That good behavior yields positive results.

And the best thing?  When I was talking to her teacher at length during the science fair, she mentioned something that Sunshine said this week.  Her teacher knows the situation with Sunshine’s dad.  Apparently one day last week Sunshine started talking about him.  She said “my daddy doesn’t call me anymore, but that is his problem.  It has nothing to do with me.  It is not my fault”.

I loved hearing that.  It means that we are getting through to her.  That she understands that it is his problem and most definitely not her.

Where did I get such an intelligent, smart, well-adjusted child?

Blog Awards

A blog award!!

Jackie, one of my kindred spirits in invisible illness, nominated me for the Versatile blogger award. It is wonderful to know that people are actually reading what I write. Jackie has also given me several tips on my own health situation and how to survive something like this. Read her blog here

The rules are thus: Pick 15 blogs to award. Then list 7 interesting facts about yourself.  I’m not sure I will quite get to 15 but here goes:

Seven interesting facts about myself:

I am a huge huge sports fan.  I might have made a post about this before, but I love sports.  In this order:  Hockey (Pittsburgh Penguins), Football (Steelers), baseball (Phillies).  I even like watching rugby.

My husband and I like rival hockey teams.  He loves the Flyers (for some reason only know to him).  And as mentioned above, I love the Pens.  It gets interesting in our house when they are playing each other.  I feel for the neighbors.

I am crafty.  I made the bouquets for my wedding.

I am a good friend.  I have been friends with my best friend for 22 years now.  We still pick up wherever we left off, even if its a month since we talked.  And she was the only one from my hometown to come to my wedding.

I actually like to cook, now that I have finally learned, and I love making dinner for my husband.

I make awesome cookies.

I love raunchy stand up comedy.  My husband hooked me on this when we got together.

So there you have it!