I feel very fortunate to be writing a blog about the experience of living with a chronic illness and the response I have gotten to date. I started just a few months ago but with each post I write, I realize how cathartic and therapeutic this has been for me.
So imagine my surprise when a fellow #spoonie blogger nominated me for The Liebster Award. I am very thankful to Abbie Chandler from livingwithjhs.wordpress.com. I feel blessed to have such amazing support from both the blogging community and from those who too are living with any physical or mental chronic illness. I am grateful.
The Rules :
- Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog in your blog.
- Display an image of the award in your blog.
- Answer 11 questions that are provided by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate between 5 and 11 bloggers to receive the award.
- Create 11 questions for these nominees to answer.
- List these same rules in your blog.
- Inform those people who are nominated, that they are now nominated for the Liebster Award, and provide a link to your post so they can learn more about it.
My Answers :
1.Who is your biggest inspiration, and why ?
I would have to say my mom has been my biggest inspiration. She grew up poor in Newfoundland, became a teacher, married twice & widowed twice. Gave birth to four children. She had a severe form of RA and had many other health issues over the years. Even in pain, she managed to hold many family celebrations (Thanksgiving was always the best). She never forgot a birthday, nor to send a valentine to my kids, would go every year with me back to school shopping with my endless list and use her teacher discount to help save us money. She taught me how to cook, maintain a household, budget, hold true to my beliefs, was my biggest cheerleader when I too became sick, the list is endless. I would not be the person I am today without her inspiration to keep going. She passed away in 2012 – I have and will always love her deeply.
2.How do you like to chill out with your friends ?
Either shopping or having a girls night in with a good movie and an even better bottle of wine.
3.What is your favourite memory?
I have so many it’s very hard to choose one. I guess looking back it would have been playing catch with my older brother. Our dad died when we were quite young (I was four & my brother was eight). As we grew up, he was mature beyond his years and became a “quasi-dad” to me. We lived in the country, so after dinner my mom would tell my brother to go play catch with me. And he did not hold back. He whipped the ball at me as hard as he could & expected me to throw the ball directly where he held his glove. Learned many life lessons on that front lawn – if you miss the first time, you have to work twice as hard to find what you are looking for, concentrate on the task at hand, get daily exercise, love your family & celebrate your victories.
4. Sweets, chocolate or savoury?
Savoury. I do have the odd craving for chocolate thanks to Mother Nature, but if you every tasted Newfoundland stuffing – the secret ingredient is Newfoundland savoury, you would eat it with everything ! I chose to skip dessert for a delicious appetizer every time.
5. What is the best holiday you’ve been on ?
Our family trip to Cape Cod one summer tops the list for me. Because of my lungs, I am unable to swim in anything chlorinated. Makes for a long summer. When we went to The Cape, swimming in the ocean, watching my kids play in the waves, my husband relaxing and soaking up some sun, digging our feet in the sand, going whale watching, the savoury bites of seafood. Life really doesn’t get any better than that.
6.When you’re having a bad day, what cheers you up?
I would say eating, but that is just a coping mechanism. Honestly, it’s my funny husband who literally can make the kids and I laugh at the most ridicilous things. He will do anything to make me smile on a bad day, including chucking a full moon at me. And he treats me like a queen. I married the strongest and sweetest man I know. I am a lucky girl.
7. What is your greatest achievement ?
I completed my University Degree in Law & Commerce while living independently, not receiving any funding from my mom or loans. It was very challenging and also very rewarding. I learned I could pretty much do anything I set my mind to.
8.What is the last book you read ?
“The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. I bought the book to read to my mom while she was in the hospital. Unfortunately, she died before I could finish reading it to her. But I did finish the book (as I promised) and it was excellent.
9.Do you have any pets ? If so, what do you have ? If not, would you consider having any in the future ?
I love animals and so does my family. Our dog, Daisy is a border collie mix, a rescue from our local Humane Society, and she never leaves my side. My last post I wrote was about my relationship with her. We have a big male tom cat, Mr. Nelson, rescued from a cat mill and is my daughters cat but he is happy to cuddle with just about anyone. We also have a female cat, Cedar, name such as someone dumped in her in a cedar hedge across from my house when she was was too young to be separated from her mother. And finally, Gigi, my son’s guniea pig, who is an active little girl who likes everyone but me.
10.What is your favourite time of year, and why?
Spring ! Oh, all the lovely smells, seeing the snow melt away, the new buds coming up. It’s like a rebirth every year. And it is still cool enough for me to walk outside when I am not feeling too sick. Plus my birthday is the first day of Spring, so there’s that.
11.Finally, what inspired you to create your blog ?
My friends were my encouragers to start writing … anything ! I really didn’t think there would be much point – who would want to hear about the day to day life of someone with a chronic lung disease. But, not giving up, they nudged me lovingly until I decided to give it a try. I forgot how much I love to write. My favourite part of university were the written assignments. And as I have said, it has been very therapeutic. I love connecting with other who also have a chronic illness and am inspired by the many excellent blogs I read.
My Fabulous Nominations :
As I Live And Breathe
Dangerously Normal Spoonie
Two Rooms Plus Utilities
No One Gets Flowers for Chronic Pain
Reflections of a Bear
Dizzy Deaf Warrior
My Questions :
- Who has been the most influential person in your life & why ?
- How does your family cope with your illness ?
- What’s your favourite clothing item that you couldn’t live without ?
- Who was your best teacher & why ?
- What value do you your friends add to your life ?
- If you are on medication, what is the worst side effect ?
- What is your favorite time of the day ?
- Preference : writing, reading, watching ?
- What is one aspect of your life you most proud of ?
- What makes you laugh until you pee ?
- Name the one part of your body you love the most ?
That is it in a nutshell. This has been a very interesting experience, thinking of the great questions Abbie had for me. I hope I did her justice in response. I think highly of all nominees and look forward to reading your answers. Good luck to you all.