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Earlier this month I was absolutely thrilled to be nominated for the 2019 Sunshine Blogger Awards by Cathy at movingtowardsbetter.ca. Cathy said she nominated me because I am huge inspiration. I was over the moon to get this feedback – thank you Cathy!
The Sunshine Blogger Awards are a simple way of promoting and learning more about other bloggers. Below are my answers to Cathy’s questions and below that I lis my nominations and the questions I’d like them to answer.
Why a blog? What is your Why?
I decided to start my blog because I wanted help others. My why is all about helping others to cope with and understand chronic pain. My blog is my words and observations about life with chronic pain.
What do you want your readers to know about you?
I want my readers to know that you can still do the the things you enjoy despite your chronic pain or chronic illness. I’m not saying it’s easy, but there are key things you can do to help. It’s about learning to change your mindset, doing things to distract yourself, and focussing on what you can do and not on what you can’t.
What is your favourite place you have ever visited?
This is hard to answer, as there have been so many. But one of them has to be watching the sunset on a secluded beach in Thailand.
What chronic illness/pain do you deal with/want to bring awareness to?
I have a sitting disability and am in pain when I sit down. I wanted to highlight the daily challenges that comes with this – things that most people take for granted but that are challenging for anyone with this type of pain.
Reading – Do you prefer hardcopy or electronic formats and what is your favourite book?
I absolutely love books. I always read non-fiction, and read both books and my Kindle. I always prefer t use my kindle as I can get much comfier. I’ve written more about this in one of my blogs: How my Kindle helps me manage my chronic pain.
Again, another tough question as I have lots of favourite books. I’d have to say Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance is one of my very favourite books. If you’ve ever had chickens at home, you will relate to this book and find it very entertaining.
Read my blog post 10 non-fiction books I recommend to find out some of my other favourite books.
Where do you live? How does where you live affect the way you deal with your chronic illness?
I liven the north west of England. I don’t think it makes any different to my chronic pain, if I’m honest. I liven the coast, so it aways helps being able to get to the seafront and enjoy the fresh air and coastal walks.
What do you miss most about your life before diagnosis?
I miss not having to think about how I will manage my pain. I miss going to the cinema, and I miss sitting on a park bench with a good book. I also miss sitting up in bed to read or use my laptop. All these things cause me a great deal of pain, so I can’t do them, or if I do I am in far too much pain, and don’t really enjoy them as much as I used to.
What part of your illness takes up most of your time?
Two things really. The anxiety and trying to get comfortable.
Anxiety: I worry a lot about how I will cope with my pain, especially in social situations. I worry what others think, how I will cope, and also how I can easily slip away should I struggle too much, and I cannot hide my pain. It’s exhausting.
Trying to get comfortable: Some days this just seems impossible. No matter how I lie, sit, or stand, I just can’t avoid my pain and get comfy. I get all fidgety and frustrated. When this happens, I just want to go to bed and hopefully sleep – that way I can stop my pain, and stop annoying myself and others around me.
Do you work in addition to blogging, if so, what do you do?
Yes, I work full-time in customer service for a government organisation. I used to be a team leader but had to give this up as there was far too much time spent travelling to the office, or sitting in meetings. Both of which caused me a lot of pain and I went home in agony and had no personal life as I was in too much pain, so had to spend my evening lying down. I moved to a my current role as a reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act.
What is your favourite app to help you blog?
I’d have to say WordPress. It helps me manage my blog on the move.
Give us three random facts about yourself.
- I hate spiders.
- I’ve met one of my heroes: Jamie Oliver
- I can run fast, but not far.
Here are my nominations for the 2019 Sunshine Blogger Awards
In no particular order…
Sheryl at A Chronic Voice
Caz at Invisibly Me
Nicola at Parenting in Pain
Gemma at Wheelescapades
Liz at Despite Pain
Claire at Pain Pals Blog
Kirsten at Graphic Organic
Char at Chronically Hopeful
Here are my questions for the Sunshine Blogger Awards
If you take part, feel free to edit your questions for the bloggers you nominate – you don’t have to use these ones; mix them up a bit and add in your own.
Why do you write a blog?
What’s your biggest achievement with your blog?
What do you do to help you manage your chronic pain or illness as best you can?
When and where is your most productive time to work on your blog?
What’s your favourite pain distraction technique?
What’s the hardest things about your chronic pain or chronic illness?
Reading: eBook or paperback?
Do you work in addition to blogging, if so, what do you do? Or what would you do if your illness was not preventing you?
What is your favourite podcast? Or favourite book (if you don’t listen to podcasts)?
What is one of your dreams?
What are you grateful for right now?
Tell us three random facts about yourself.