Thank you for your support!
This morning, I got the most wonderful surprise in my email box. Someone had commented on my blog (that in its own is exciting for me) and nominated me for a Reality Award! I am mighty excited about this and want to thank Lauren from The Caged Bird Still Sings for nominating me for this award. I humbly accept it and am so grateful to be part of this big blogging community that supports one another through the good and bad times.
REALITY: Real, Energizing, Amazing, Lovely, Inspiring, Touching, Yippee!
Accepting the Reality Award comes with a few guidelines, which I am happy to follow. These include answering the following 5 questions:
- If you could change one thing what would you change? If I could change anything, I would change how people with chronic illnesses look at themselves. There is such a stigma around having an illness like Crohn’s Disease and UC and there shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t be looked upon any differently than arthritis or diabetes or any other chronic disease. People shouldn’t feel ashamed that they have this disease just because it has to do with poop. Everyone poops 🙂
- If you could repeat any age, what would it be? I would repeat age 23-25, when Dan and I first got married and he got very sick and was hospitalized three times. I wouldn’t repeat it because I regret anything but instead because I’d like to live those years with him healthier.
- What one thing really scares you? Cancer. Both of my parents and my father-in-law have had cancer in the past five years- my mother had non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, my father is currently going through treatment for bladder cancer, and my father-in-law had prostate cancer. However, as we all know, IBD patients are at a higher risk of developing colon cancer or any other cancer associated with the intestines/stomach. While it isn’t guaranteed that Dan will get cancer at some point, it is still petrifying to think about.
- What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it? I want to go to law school. I have wanted to for many years and several obstacles have stood in my way. However, I still have hope that I will accomplish this goal one day.
- If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be? I honestly don’t think I would want to be someone else for a day. I really am happy with my life. But if I had to pick someone, I’d say any celebrity so I can wear their fancy clothes and shoes!
So now that you know a little more about me, I now get to nominate other bloggers for the REALITY Blog Award. Each of these blogs are special in their own way and I encourage you to check them out. You never know where you will find a chuckle, a sense of peace, or even a new comrade!
(In no particular order)
- My Journey with Crohn’s (www.myjourneywithcrohns.com) is written by Sarah, a Crohn’s patient currently going through an active flare. She not only writes about how she’s feeling but also does interviews with other IBD community members, gives recipes for belly-soothing food and drinks, and provides a place for others to connect and relate to each other.
- From a Mother’s Perspective (tarablackburn.blogspot.com) is written by Tara, a mother with a five-year-old with Ulcerative Colitis. Her blog chronicles her family’s battle with the disease and provides us with an insight into the life of a young child with such a debilitating disease. Her posts are heartfelt, funny, and filled with adorable photos of her children.
- A Guy With Crohn’s (aguywithcrohns.com) is written by Jeffrey who has Crohn’s Disease. Jeffrey writes about all facets of life, from coping with the disease to finding restaurants that work with his diet and reviewing them. His blog is very informative and worth checking out.
- Intense Intestines Foundation (intenseintestines.wordpress.com) is written by Brian, the founder of the Intense Intestines Foundation and a Crohnie. The blog not only discusses the work of the foundation but all issues related to Crohn’s Disease. It is really inspirational, especially if you read about his outdoors journeys and how he didn’t let his disease prevent him from accomplishing any of them.
For the nominees – here are the guidelines in accepting the award.
- Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
- Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back to them.
- Answer the 5 questions presented.
- Nominate up to 20 blogs for the award and notify them on their blogs.
- Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere.
Again, I just want to say a heartfelt thank you to Lauren from The Caged Bird Still Sings. This award made my day! It might seem small to most, but when you learn you are touching other people’s lives, it really brightens your day!