Thank you to Sally http://sallyjustme.blogspot.co.uk/ for my ME CFS FMS Blog Award – I am new to blogging but hope that opening up about our journey with ME with it’s trials and tribulations along the way will help raise the awareness and the visibility of sufferers with ME. I feel incredibly humbled and touched to receive this award and so accept it gratefully and with immense pride.
“Well who wouldn’t warm to the name of this blog? And the warmth of the name is further reflected in the writing. Here you’ll find a mother coping with two daughters diagnosed with ME. Yet the blog has an upbeat and quirky feel, that I can readily relate to. Tanya writes a poignant post here about When it All Changed. I think we all have a photo like the one featured here….”
Jet came to my attention after my daughter received a wonderful letter to lift her spirits via a fabulous facebook group called the The Tribe Of Hope (To support Severe ME Sufferers), after that we became facebook friends and I have found myself constantly surprised and inspired by everything Jet does. From head shaving, Walking for ME, blogging to raise awareness and being a fabulous pen pal to severe sufferers without asking for anything in return and all the while suffering too. Hats off – full of admiration – check out Jets latest ME and Resting
The fabulous Mama Chill is a sufferer of ME and Fibro who not only writes heart warming, humorous and honest blogs about her life with these illnesses in order to raise awareness but is also crazily multi-talented, not only has she written two songs to raise funds for Invest in ME – ME Awareness singles/videos but has also gone further and designed a range of merchandise to also raise funds for Invest in ME ME awareness merchandise (I have a Running on Empty Hoody and it is fantastic quality, warm, cosy and just brilliant!)
This is a new blog by a young 15 year old ME sufferer who writes when she is well enough and posts about her life, including her feelings and experiences living with ME, anxiety and depression in these two posts; Life Sucks Sometimes & Anxiety. She is also my daughter and I know she feels that she isn’t able to make any impact on peoples perceptions of ME sufferers but in actual fact she does and has. I am hoping receiving this award will help her to realise this. She is currently working on a video, along with her sister (who also has ME) about how the illness affects the lives of teenager sufferers to release during Mays ME Awareness Week. All I can say is I am immensely proud of her!
As a parent of children with ME this blog really captures me – it is beautifully written, expressive and honest. Anna started the blog in October 2012 to help her family understand her illness and to offload how she felt. I feel she most definitely qualifies for this award for raising awareness and the reality of living with this illness. This particular blog really grabbed me, as it is a sentiment echoed by my daughters The Fear.
This blog is full of useful information and wonderful poetry. Ros Lemarchand has written a book called called `My A-Z of M.E.` (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) to raise awareness which can be bought from Amazon (with donations from purchase going to Invest in ME), the links of how to purchase it can be found here Purchase information I shall use a direct quote which sums up this blog “Through my poems I want to increase the level of understanding and to help others to feel less alone with this illness.”A wonderfully inspiring woman, thank you French femme.
ME & CFS & FMS BLOGGER AWARDS:
Awarded by bloggers, to other bloggers, to acknowledge outstanding endeavour in promoting awareness of Myalgic Enchephalomylitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and/or Fibromyalgia (FMS).
The blogs receiving the awards do not need to be dedicated solely to ME, CFS or FMS, but they should contain at least one post that has helped to increase awareness.
It is hoped that these Awards will increase blog readerships and also encourage networking between ME & CFS & FMS bloggers themselves. No matter the title of our diagnosis, patients of these conditions all suffer from a frustrating state of health that is poorly recognised by most of society.
HOW IT WORKS:
1, On receiving the ME & CFS & FMS BLOGGER AWARD, you should be directed to a post that describes why you (and others) have been given this award. The page will also include this set of instructions and the two award images.
2. Please note, you do not need accept the award. The aim of the awards is about recognition and a bit of fun, NOT extra work! Please do not feel pressured to participate.
3. To claim your award:
a) Create a new post on your blog, in which you thank the individual who gave you the award (remember to include a link back to their blog). You can then copy the images to your blog post and/or side bar as you wish.
You may need to click on the image and download it, before putting it into your own post.
Below is the code for adding the small image as a link in your blog side bar if you wish to do so:
b) List three to ten blogs that you would like to recommend, giving a brief description of why you think each one is special. A couple of lines is fine, but be sure to include a link to each blog you name (or specific page if you prefer) so that others are encouraged to visit.
c) Copy and paste these instructions into your post. Copy from the first *** above, to the last *** below to ensure that every thing is included. (Add the images separately if they don’t copy automatically. Control-Shift-V also removes crazy formatting during pasting if that is a problem. 😉 )
d) Alert your chosen blog owners to their awards by making a comment on the most recent post of their blogs. The comment could simply read:
“Congratulations, I have nominated your blog to receive an ME & CFS & FMS BLOGGER AWARD. Please visit to collect your Award”
3. Hopefully these awards will spread far and wide. I would love to keep track of where the awards end up, so I would be very grateful if participants would also copy their list of awards into a comment beneath this post: http://sallyjustme.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/my-nominations-for-first-me-cfs-fms.html I hope that collecting all the recommendations in one place will help each of us to find and explore new blogs.