Monday, July 10, 2017

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you, achronicvoice, for the nomination. My blog has been a little quiet lately. This is the perfect post to ease back into more frequent posting!

About the Sunshine Blogger Award:

It is a nomination given to bloggers by bloggers. If someone nominates you, it means that you’re one of 11 people whom they find inspiring, and brings sunshine into the lives of your readers. If you decide to continue the tradition, then follow these simple rules!

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog;
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you;
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award and ask them 11 new questions; and
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your site.

1. What is your greatest fear in life?

My greatest fear in life is to have loved ones die. 

2. What is your biggest dream or ambition in life? 

An ambition is to become a Christian counselor with a subspecialty in chronic and terminal illness. 

3. What are your hopes for the future? 

In the future, I hope to have my life back with improved health and the means to partake in society without potentially deadly repercussions from the exposure to triggers (perfumes, cleaners, foods, etc.) because of Mast Cell Disease. 

4. Where are you on your journey towards acceptance? 

The journey towards acceptance is one that has no end. My goal is no longer acceptance. To me, acceptance signifies succumbing to this illness and not actively seeking a way to get well again. However, I am steadily learning how to be happy and content despite my state of health. 

5. What about a healthy person do you envy the most? 

Overall, I envy a healthy person's ability to be productive in the way I wish I could be. They can independently exercise 6 days a week while also managing a social life, education, and career. 

6. What is the best lesson you’ve learned from living with chronic illnesses? 

The best lesson that I have learned from living with chronic illness is that the tough circumstances emphasize the importance of maintaining a strong faith.  

7. Of all the different kinds of pain you experience, which do you find the most unbearable? 

The most unbearable type of pain is when in a severe mast cell reaction, as it has many different pains occurring simultaneously. There is nothing more distressing than the incessant burning like someone has lit your organs on fire, "sunburnt" flushed skin, impending doom, chest pain from tachycardia of 200+ beat per minute, crushing bone pain, and GI pain at once. 

8. What do you find most beautiful about life? 

The most beautiful aspect of life are those moments where you can just see God at work, like miracles both big and small, support from others, acts of altruism, feeling prayer, etc. 

9. What is your biggest strength, and how does this help you cope with your everyday life? 

I am not sure if it is my biggest strength, but I do have a great pain tolerance. That is definitely handy in every day life when allergic to pain medications, NSAIDs, Tylenol. Try enduring sepsis without any pain control or undergoing a bilateral bone marrow biopsy, GJ tube placement, Hickman line placement, and GI biopsies with no medication for pain afterwards... 

10. What is your biggest weakness, and how does this hinder your everyday life? 

My biggest weakness is that I am too cautious when it pertains to my illness. Although I have good reason from past experiences, I overthink the pros/cons of each decision and how it will impact my health long term. It prevents me from taking chances. 

11. What is one thought that you rarely vocalise, because people brush it off or tell you off?

The first thought that comes to mind: It angers me when those blessed with good health abuse their bodies by eating unhealthily, abusing drugs or alcohol, not exercising when they should. There are sick people who do not have that luxury. 

My nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award: 

1. Emily from emilylofgren 
2. Rebecca from strengthandsunshine 
3. Shona from shonalouise
4. Donna from februarystars 
5. Keeya from hellsbellsandmastcells
6. Shannon from shayweasel
7. Brittany from asouthernceliac
8. Amy from livingwithme
9. Sophie from sophiesspace01
10. Chelle from coffeeheartmind
11. Rhiann from brainlesionandme

My list of 11 questions: 

1. What inspired you to begin blogging?
2. Instagram or Twitter? Why? 
3. If you could choose another "niche" for your blog, what would it be?
4. You can travel back in time. What age would you be? 
5. Professionally, what are you future goals? 
6. Who is your biggest supporter of your blog and life in general? How do they keep you motivated? 
7. What are your favorite song lyrics? Why?
8. How do you promote your blog? 
9. Most embarrassing moment? 
10. What do you dislike the most about blogging?
11. How have you changed as a person since starting your blog? 

Again, thank you for the nomination! It is quite an honor.