I have graciously been nominated for the Disability Blogger Award by Rhiann from www.brainlesionandme.com. I was notified by her on one of my recent posts, ‘Amusement Park Rides Banning Disabled People‘ and was very shocked. Thank you so much Rhiann, this means the world to me! This is an award of recognition to those blogging in the chronic illness, mental health, disability, and special needs communities. The person responsible for starting this is Georgina from www.chronillicles.com. She decided to invent this honor because of the lack of recognition present in these communities today. What a beautiful notion, don’t you think?
The best part about the award, in my opinion, is that you are peer nominated. Just as Rhiann nominated ten people (including me), I will get to have the honor of nominating up to 15 other bloggers. This is such a special type of recognition! It really shows that I am starting to make a difference with my blogging to be considered for such an award as this. My hope is that not only will my blogging continue to inspire, help others, and promote change, but to bring people together as well. Let’s get into the rules of this award nomination.
- Thank your nominator
- Recognize Georgina from Chronillicles as the creator of this award and link her URL – https://www.chronillicles.com
- Use the Disability Blogger Award logo somewhere in your post
- Copy these rules onto your post
- Answer your nominator’s questions
- Write 5-15 of your own questions (they don’t need 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 been nominated
1. If you had to write about something other than disability/chronic illness/mental illness or special needs, what would it be and why?
If I had to write about something other than what I am now, I think I would write Fantasy or Historical Fiction. I have always loved to read, and those two genres are among my top five favorite two read. However, in writing, I would be more focused and engaged specifically with those two genres. This is because I love researching facts (if you couldn’t already tell) and have an overactive imagine. I believe that I would be able to engross myself into these topics almost as well as I do with chronic illness.
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to Germany. I’ve actually been to Germany on two occasions: Once inside my mom’s tummy and the other when I was 3 months old. So, I don’t quite remember the experience. I just think Germany is a beautiful place with a lot of history. It is also close to other places such as Switzerland, so I could learn so much on my trip!
3. What is the biggest thing you’ve learned about yourself since becoming disabled or chronically ill?
The biggest thing I have learned about since become both disabled and chronically ill is that I am strong. Having chronic illnesses so bad to the point of disabling you, makes you feel so little and weak. However, if I look at everything I have gone through and all of the mountains that I have climbed, then I know that I am anything but. My strength comes from my perseverance and my refusal to give up, no matter how bad it is.
4. What is your favorite comfort food?
My favorite comfort food is something called Durkee Fried Chicken. You take fried onion pieces and put them on a battered piece of chicken breast. Then you bake it! It is lovely and I highly prefer it to any type of fried chicken. I don’t have it very often, but I love the times when I do.
5. Name a literary character you can relate. What is it about this character that you can relate?
I can relate a lot to Nancy Drew. I grew up reading the series by the pseudonym Carolyn Keene and am still addicted today. I love how Nancy solves mysteries and will not let anyone stand in her way. Even though some people may think she “is just a teenager”, Nancy is always determined. I relate this to the determination in my life to better my health and most importantly, my outlook.
6. If you had to recommend one place to visit near to where you live, what would it be and why?
Come visit the Grand Canyon! It is such a beautiful sight to see and a relatively low endurance type activity in terms of wonderful views. I went when I was very sick around two years ago and enjoyed just seeing the beautiful rock native to Arizona. The sunset was gorgeous as well.
7. What is your favorite TV show to binge-watch when you are having a bad day?
This is actually a tricky question to answer. I hop from show to show and mostly watch YouTube on bad days so I have a good variety. If I had to pick a favorite show however, it would be Mr. Monk. It is about a man with severe OCD who solves crimes that the police cannot. I love it and have all the seasons on DVD.
8. What is the one blog post you are most proud of and why?
Hmm, this is a bit tricky to answer as well. If I had to choose, it would be ‘Evie’s Law Continues the Fight for Discrimination-Free Organ Transplants‘. I am most proud of this post because I am shining light on a huge issue that is going on in the U.S today and am helping a family gain support to make this type of discrimination illegal in Louisiana. This post has even inspired me to plan on bringing up this issue with the other ambassadors in May’s meeting for the Chronic Disease Coalition. I am garnering more support to continue to fight, not only in Louisiana, but in all of the U.S. You can find out more information on my ‘How I’m Getting involved‘ page.
9. If you could recommend one blogger or blog to read, which would it be and why?
Rhiann, goodness, you ask hard questions! Well if I had to recommend one blogger to read, it would be Claire from Chronically Beautifully. She has become a best friend to me and we are even working on a collaboration right now! Her writing is so inspiring and uplifting. She has the rare talent of being able to take anything negative and turn it into something positive. Every single time. Claire is amazing and you are missing out if you aren’t reading her blog.
10. If you were suddenly only able to use one social media site/app which would you choose and why?
This is a toss-up between Twitter and Instagram for me. However if I could only have one, it would be one. I feel like I am more freely able to show my writing. It is easier to support others, especially if you are in the chronic illness and writing communities. Everyone is always willing to help out and I have formed wonderful friendships on there.
Claire- Chronically Beautiful
Amber- The World Sees Normal
Mo- Treat Yo Brain
Sarah- Let’s Talk Crazy
Sheryl- A Chronic Voice
The Princess in the Tower
Robert Joyce- A 30 Minute Life
Michael- Michael’s Chronic Healing Blog
*I tried my best to make sure that you were not previously nominated. So please forgive me if this is not the case. This list is in no particular order and know that there is no hurry to complete the questions. We all have things going on, so please take as much time as you need.*
My Questions For You:
- What is your favorite color and why?
- What is your biggest inspiration for writing about what you do? Why?
- If you had to pick one band/artist to listen to for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
- What is your favorite imaginary animal? Explain.
- Who is the most supportive person in your life?
- What is the best feeling in the world? Why?
- What is your absolute favorite book you’ve ever read or what are you reading right now?
- Do you have any pets? If so, tell me a little about them. If not, tell me about a pet you wish you could have (real or imaginary).
- When did you decide to speak up about your experiences?
- If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be and why? If not, explain why.
*I would really appreciate if you tagged me or notified me about your posts. I’m not on social media all the time, so I don’t want to miss your answers to my questions. I hope that this will help you all learn a bit more about me and for me to learn more about you.*
Thank you for reading this special post my Un-imaginables! What do you think of this award? Did you learn things that you did not previously know about me? Go check out everyone I’ve linked, they are all amazing and worth the read! Please subscribe and I hope everyone is having a good day!