…With a little help from my friends

Happy New Year, everyone! I have now been blogging since August, 2014 and I’ve met so many amazing people along this writing road. These individuals have taught me, inspired me so many times and in special ways, and they have become my friends.

Friendship and community were something I least expected from blogging, a venture I assumed would be one of solitude, but it has shown to be incredibly interactive and instructing to me because of all of you. It has been much too long since I have thanked my fellow blogger friends appropriately, so I’m going to finally accept an award that was generously given many months ago. Please check out the blogs below and follow them. [Full disclosure] I don’t spend a great deal of time each day reading blogs, so trust me when I say that they are well worth your valuable time.

Earlier this year, the hot steamy Migraineur blogger at SexyAchyMoody.wordpress.com took a day off from giving advice on how to stay freaky and fabulous with chronic pain to award my blog with the Encouraging Thunder Award! Thanks girlfriend!

Encouraging Thunder is a spell that grants the gift of thunder and protection for bloggers so they can master their true purpose. It was created by Raymond, founder of encouraginglife.co.

[Cue foggy mist, no… not brain fog.]

And so, I now bestow the Gift of Thunder onto these wizards of the written word. May they be empowered to express themselves freely and truly, with magic of the pen… and the computer…and spellcheck…as their’s is the only voice like it in the world. 

FindingoutFibro: My best blogging buddy (BBB), Jess, is a young woman sharing her life with multiple debilitating chronic conditions. In this article, Distraction Therapy, also published with Axis Dance Company, Jess shares the free, creative methods she employs to help her cope with her disorders. Jess has a broad range of knowledge on many aspects of health she shares through her blog, and is a passionate advocate for ableism and women’s issues.

IamChronicallyWell: Also known as “Chronic Nicole” discusses Selena Gomez’s recent Lupus diagnosis, and how the media has treated her, in comparison to how most people with chronic illness feel when they are newly diagnosed in Celebrities are Just like us part 2. On a regular basis, Nicole practices tongue-and-cheek writing so well that she should have a disclosure for readers with weak bladder conditions. Just sayin…

TheGadAboutTown: Mark shares his research of culture, literature and history, seen through the lens of his own witty, charming perspective. It was difficult to decide which of his posts to share with you, as they are always excellent. In this post, For Your Eyes, he asks the timely and wise question, “how much of our lives should we expose to the public?”

LifeinSlowMotionBlog: Both a chronic pain patient and professional counselor, this blogger shares what pain is teaching her. She asks the kind of questions that keep us up at night, the ones that no one else around us understand, she asks and explores through a compassionate and spiritual heart. In this post, How to Find Online Support when you have Chronic Pain, she guides readers to the best places on the internet to find caring support groups.

JustPlainOlVic: Vic, is a true family man, a father, and a husband. But beneath the surface of “Plain ‘Ol Vic,” you learn he is carer to a wife with Bipolar Disorder and Chronic Pain. Each day in his journal-style blog, he shares his life balancing work, raising his children, and being the support he has vowed to be for his spouse. In this heartfelt post, he shares a life lesson his grandmother taught him, and how it applies to his life today. [If you are on the flip side of a carer like Vic, I urge you to follow his blog.]

LivingwithObstacles: My best online friend, Julie began blogging this past year just after a heart attack induced by the effects of her 16 year battle with CRPS/RSD changed her life, yet again. On her blog, she writes about family, teen addiction, motherhood, chronic pain, loss of career, and how to rebuild on broken ground. Julie is a true warrior, and she has fought and won more battles than Archie Moore (most career knockouts in boxing).

KathleenBurkinshaw: is a blogger, mother, wife, chronic pain patient, and soon-to-be author of her first book! Her posts are like cracks of her soul shining right through the screen into yours. In this beautiful piece back in March, Unconditionally, she shares the meaning of real unconditional love, after losing 2 close family members. Stay tuned for Kathleen’s writing career to skyrocket, and you can say, you knew her when…

SublimeMercies:  Charlotte Issyvoo makes a wheelchair and cane look downright en vogue! She is not only a chronic pain blogger, she photo-documents her vintage ensembles, is a passionate advocate for child abuse, and she shares her feelings on women’s rights among other topics she is always well-versed in. Here, in one of her latest posts, she shows us how to bring the best of 1970’s fashion to our wardrobe using pieces we already have. Move over Ferra!

TheSickDiva: One of my closest friends, Jenny, an RSD blogger, shares her struggles with chronic pain and the health system. No matter how severe her pain is, she leaves you with a message of hope, love of family, and keeping God first. Her latest post on her experience with the medication, Lyrica, will make you think differently about your own medications: How Vanity Saved Me.

Mary Jane Gonzales is a long time author and advocate in the chronic pain community. Find her on Facebook uplifting people in pain, sharing research, new blogs, poetry and hope for the weary on In the Blink of an Eye. Also, check out her brand new poetry share group, Poetic Hearts for a supportive community of creative writers and those who appreciate original poetry.

Escharae writes about her personal path through Multiple Sclerosis as a woman, student, and young passionate person working through the questions of life and illness all at once. On her page, you’ll find compelling videos of neuroscience advances, infographics of health related issues, and personal accounts of her own life. Find out more about how her journey with MS begins here on her MSanniversary blog post, and where it has brought her thus far.

 

To every single reader and fellow blogger who drops by, follows along on Bloglovin’, WordPress, Twitter, or by email, spends your very valuable time reading and showing your love, thank you so much! I feel truly humbled. Wishing you a happier, healthier new year ahead.

~Peace~ 

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About abodyofhope

I do not know why it is that we must wade through tragic circumstances to find truth. We nearly drown! But under the water, there are pearls. I hope in writing this blog, more will come to the surface. Over the past 13 years living with chronic pain, patient advocacy has affected my life through so many remarkable young people, women and men: SURVIVORS. These individuals are HOPE personified. I wish to honor them in the same spirit they have encouraged me to press on. Six years ago, I became bed-bound from a variety of chronic illnesses after a procedure meant to help the pain condition I had been managing for several years- went bust #BIGTIME. In the last 6 years, my entire life has changed. I have changed, but I am still striving to live my best life possible. Along with sharing inspiring pieces, medical/holistic research, and awareness articles, this blog is also an attempt to put my own pieces back together. Welcome to A Body of Hope, and thank you for visiting. [Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/ RSD, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), Dysautonomia, Chronic Intractable Migraine, Cluster headache, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Hypersensitivity to Sound & Light, Fibromyalgia, Cerebrospinal Fluid Imbalance......blah, blah, blah] >>> P.S. My headgear is protective for pain. I just rock it hard.

Posted on January 2, 2016, in For Wordpress, Friendship, Guest Bloggers, HappyNewYear, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I’m so flattered that you consider my ramblings and struggles worth an Encouraging Thunder. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are one of a kind, and your journey, insights and generosity are inspiring. May the Thunder protect you always. 🙂
    I’m going to take some time checking the bloggers I don’t know. Some of them I follow already, and they’re amazing, but I’m always looking to find new people online, so thank you for taking the time and effort into making this great post.
    Happy New Year! 🙂

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  2. Just Plain Ol' Vic

    Thank you.

    I never cease to be amazed by how supportive the community is on WordPress. I am supported and educated by YOU as well as so many others.

    So thank you for everything that you do and write!

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    • Aww, thank you, Vic. This community has been awesome. I know this year I’ve just scratched the surface of what wordpress has to offer in the community and in resources. Thankful to have found your blog, also 🙂

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  3. Thank you, Mary, for this Encouraging Thunder Award! I’m so honored to be included with these amazing writers, some of which I already follow. Thank you for all that you do, and the excellence with which you do it.

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  4. Mary, I wish I could give you a gentle hug in person! Thank you so much for mentioning me amongst these other talented people. I am way behind reading blog posts due to the holidays and my edits that I need to finish by Jan 25(Yikes!). You made my day because this Friday(1/15) wil be a year that my mom will have been gone and I am an emotional mess. Thank you so much for your encouragement and friendship ❤ p.s. I LOVE my t-shirt that my husband bought from your site at Christmas! 🙂

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    • Aww, I’m praying for your comfort and extra grace this week, Kathleen. I was thinking of you during the holidays and know last year was quite different for you and your family.
      Your support and encouragement has meant so much this last year for me. There’s a lot that has changed in my life I haven’t shared with social media or my blog, but having friends through it who were just uplifting and prayed for me through it has helped me so much.
      I can’t wait to read your book. I have a mild idea of how much work a book would be to publish with all of the writing and edits and edits and edits, and it freaks me out thinking about it! lol
      I know it means you have poured so much love into it.
      I didn’t know you had one of my shirt designs! That’s so cool 🙂 Which one do you have? What a sweet husband to get that for you.
      Thank you for your comments and reading my page. Thank you most of all for your friendship. Keeping you in prayer,
      Mary

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  5. I am also a new blogger who’s blog abodyofhope just followed 2day.

    I am looking 4 some new friends 2 talk 2 who have any of the following medical conditions like I do

    Low Vision
    Learning Disabled
    Sensory Integration Disorder
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    Depression
    Nystagmus
    Asthma
    Type 2 Diabetes
    De Morsier Syndrome/Septo Optic Dysplasia
    Myofascial Pain Syndrome
    Fibromyalgia
    Growth Hormone Deficiency
    Hypothyroidism
    Chiari Malformation
    Diabetes Insipidus
    Bursitis

    WAYS 2 CONTACT ME
    My Facebook Page
    http://www.facebook.com/Katie.Meskimen.5
    LET ME KNOW WHAT GROUP U R IN

    My Blogspot Blog
    http://katiemslife2016.blogspot.com/

    My Facebook Page For my Blogspot Blog
    https://www.facebook.com/Katie-Ms-Life-2016-Blogspot-Blog-1643623665903191/

    My EMail address For my Blogspot Blog
    katiemslife2016blogspotblog@gmail.com

    My WordPress Blog
    http://katiemslife2016.wordpress.com

    My Facebook Page For my WordPress Blog
    https://www.facebook.com/katiemslife2016wordpress/

    My EMail address For my WordPress Blog
    katiemslife2016wordpressblog@gmail.com

    I am also on Twitter @Kmm1177

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