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I know this is coming a little late, and to most of you is old news, so I apologize in advance…

 

GRACEFUL AGONY TOOK SECOND PLACE IN THE CANADIAN BLOG AWARDS

IN BOTH

BEST CHRONIC ILLNESS BLOG 2010

-and-

BEST HEALTH BLOG 2010!!

I am honored to have been nominated and even more honored to be acknowledged by my fellow bloggers, my readers, and my peers.  Are there ever some amazing blogs out there!

In the Chronic Illness Category, The Seated View won 1st place

-and- The Best Health Blog went to Rolling Around in my Head.

I have provided the links for all of you if you are interested in checking them out!

Congratulations again to the both of them!

the other categories I was nominated in – Best Personal Blog, Best Overall Blog, and Best New Blog were

JAMMED PACKED

with really impressive bloggers!

You can see for yourself if you follow this link.

When I started blogging only TEN months ago, I never expected this journey would be so impactful,

nor did I think that the support and encouragement would be so overwhelming….

I honestly don’t know what I did without y’all… You mean the world to me.

So for all of you who stayed up late EVERY NIGHT to vote…

All of you who wrote me personal messages of encouragement…

All of you who keep coming back to my corner of the web every day…

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!

I will keep doing what I do, if you keep doing what you do 😉

THEREIN LIES THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF EVERYTHING I DO HERE…

And that part is YOU…

xoxoxo

 

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Graceful Agony - Canadian Blog Award Nominee!!

 

 

I have had a few questions on how to vote for Graceful Agony ONCE per DAY already!!  First of all, let me say THANK YOU from the bottom on my heart. I am so overwhelmed with the support and encouragement I have received.  THAT, my friends, is the REWARD for having this blog.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

Now – on to the voting…..

The polls you need to access for voting reset themselves EVERY 24 Hours from the TIME in which you LAST voted….

Meaning, If you voted at 6:00pm yesterday, you can go back and return to the polls to vote again at 6:00pm tonight etc.

So remember for the next 5 days to vote right before you go to bed, or when you wake up in the morning!! 😉  You can make it a part of your daily ritual!

The voting ends October 26th at Noon – so make sure you get a final vote in if you’d like to!!

Once again here are the links to the polls:



– Best Chronic Illness Blog


– Best Health Blog


– Best New Blog 2010


– Best Overall Blog
http://polldaddy….com/poll/3950290/ – Best Personal Blog
I am still in awe that I was nominated in so many categories, and the love I have felt through the process has been really overwhelming to me.  My pain has threatened to completely shut me down for the past few weeks, and this has given me such a positive thing to hold on to…. There is no way this girl is going to be shut down when there are so many people supporting me and holding me up!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Being nominated specifically for Best Health Blog, and Best Chronic Illness blog really means everything to me.  I hope I can be an accurate and graceful representative in this community, and make you all proud!!
All my love to you…. Thank you for being in my corner every step of the way!
If anyone has any more questions, concerns, messages in regards to these awards, please feel free to email me at gracefulagony@gmail.com or leave a comment!!

 

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THIS IS THE LAST ROUND EVERYONE!!

ROUND 2 – THE FINAL ROUND OF VOTING FOR THE CANADIAN

BLOG AWARDS FOR 2010 ARE NOW OPEN!!

AND I REALLY NEED YOUR HELP!!

YOU MAY VOTE ONCE PER DAY, EACH AND EVERY DAY UNTIL OCTOBER 26TH

FOR GRACEFUL AGONY

in EACH OF THE CATEGORIES I HAVE BEEN NOMINATED IN!!

(just click on the links below)

 

I NEED YOUR HELP!!

YES, YOU!!!!


Are you on Facebook??? Please ask all of your friends to vote!!

Are you a member of a health related forum or message board?  Please ask them to come visit this site and vote!!

Do YOU have your own Blog?

Have you participated in the Graceful Agony Blog Carnival???

Feel FREE to make a blog post and include all the info here (copy and paste it if you want!)

Do you have friends or family that have been touched by a chronic illness or chronic pain?

Take this time to tell them how much you care – and let them know that I am representing the whole ‘Chronic’ Community in this Competition!

Do you have an email or twitter account??  Please forward this post!!

Forward it as many times as you’d like , get your friends to repost it and so on and so on…  😉

If you don’t believe that your vote won’t make a difference, please think again!

This has been an amazing opportunity for me, and I am honored to be included with some amazing bloggers!


My wish when I started Graceful Agony was to spread the word, and increase awareness on Chronic Illness and Chronic Pain.  I wanted to be able to light another person’s path through a life that is often misunderstood.  I wanted to leave my footprint, make friendships, and be a part of an amazingly supportive online community…. and THAT is the biggest gift in what I do here.  I get all of those things and so much more every day.

The rest is icing on the cake.

PLEASE GET VOTING, AND JOIN THE CAMPAIGN!!

SPREAD THE WORD!!!

VOTE!!!!

PLEASE!!

Thank you to everyone that has given me such amazing support and encouragement through this process.  Graceful Agony wouldn’t be a part of the world-wide web if it wasn’t for you.

You keep me inspired,

keep me coming back,

and keep me loving what I do…

In spite of Pain.

XOXOXOXO

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HAVE YOU VOTED YET????

THE FIRST ROUND OF THE CANADIAN BLOG AWARDS IS ALMOST OVER….

VOTING CLOSES TOMORROW!!

GRACEFUL AGONY HAS BEEN NOMINATED IN FIVE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES:

  • Best New Blog

  • Best Overall Blog

  • Best Personal Blog

  • Best Health Blog

  • Best Chronic Illness Blog

IF YOU HAVEN’T VOTED YET

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CLICK EACH ONE OF THE LINKS BELOW

-WHICH-

WILL TAKE YOU RIGHT TO THE POLL…

CLICK ON GRACEFUL AGONY AND PRESS ‘VOTE’!!

IT IS THAT EASY!!!

 











ONLY the TOP 5 IN EACH CATEGORY WILL GO ON TO THE SECOND ROUND

SO YOUR VOTE IS REALLY IMPORTANT!!

And I would like to take the time to thank EVERYONE who has already voted, who have sent really encouraging messages, and those who have not only given me their time, but their love as well.  You all mean the world to me – and the GRAND PRIZE in all of this is having all of YOU in my life.  Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.  I hope I can make you all proud!!

THANK YOU!!   THANK YOU!!   THANK YOU!!

I will announce who made it to ROUND TWO just as soon as I find out!!!  I AM ON PINS AND NEEDLES!!!

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN NOMINATED!!!

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When I woke up yesterday morning, it only took seconds for me to check in with myself that all familiar BURN followed by the throb… yep, it is going to be THAT kind of day…. again….

I don’t know what is harder, to be hit OUT OF THE BLUE with a nasty flare, or to live with one for a very LONG time… I think they both are horrible to tell you the truth.  That incapacitating FLASH of pain that takes your breath away vs. the 95th day that you wake up and the flare hasn’t ended….  It starts to wear on you, wear you down, take away dignity and self-respect (why does it do those things?  Is it a bad case of Fibro Guilt?  I will leave that for another post on another day…).  It just ends up being too much to deal with each and every day without reprieve.  That is normally how my life is… I will have 3 good days, and 6 months of pain-hell.

And yesterday was another one of those days…

I stumbled out of bed and limped to the kitchen to make myself a coffee, and take my meds… There is no waiting today, I thought to myself.. Today is my little dude’s birthday…. Please God don’t let my pain mess this up…

Of course my little dude was already up… he had been up since 3:15am!!  Mental Note:  Next year, do NOT let him open his present the night before… and don’t get him something that can actually OCCUPY 6 hours of his time in the middle of the night… get a football, or a bike or something… not a video game system, and especially not a hand-held video game system that he can smuggle anywhere he pleases at 3 in the morning…

Once I was up, I was all smiles… HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE DUDE!! But inside was a completely different story… groan, grunt, sigh, blah…  oh and why is it I can only turn my neck to one side today and not to the other?? grunt, groan, wince…. I cannot let this ruin today…

I hopped in the shower, hoping above all hopes that my meds would kick in, and I would get relief… but that time didn’t come… out of the shower, hair and make-up, a birthday phone call from the Grandparents… and nothing.  NO RELIEF AT ALL.  I promised my son a birthday lunch wherever he wanted to go, and that was what I was going to do… I just needed to somehow put this crap aside for a few hours….

I forced myself to walk to the Restaurant as it was a beautiful day.  Holding hands with my little one, I could feel the throbbing start to take my breath away – but I kept trying to ignore that part…

As soon as we were seated, I started rifling through my purse for something… ANYTHING to take… a Tylenol, Motrin, something with codeine… hell if I had a Vitamin C I would have tried that just for the placebo effect!  I AM NOT GOING TO MAKE IT…. HELP….  PLEASE GO AWAY…. (Am I the only one who tries to make deals with my pain?  Yes, I speak to my pain… maybe I need help of another kind!).

And then a calm came over me… I sunk back into the booth-seat, dropped my shoulders, took a deep breath, and stopped fighting…. And instead of engaging my pain in conversation, I engaged my SON in conversation…. ‘So what has been the best part of your birthday so far dude?’… We sat and chatted for an hour and a half… casually ate our lunch… I even ordered a coffee and dessert!!  I normally don’t do that because I am way too sore by then, and just want to get up and get moving….

We held hands on the way home, taking the long way, walking through leaves and breathing in the warm Autumn air.  It felt really good.  My Pain was still VERY present, it still wanted to pick on me… but somehow I felt like I was in the driver’s seat… for the first time and a REALLY long time.

The rest of the day was lazy… My little dude went back to playing with his birthday present, and me, well I went back to being picked on by my pain…. but I am thankful for the short while that I could give my undivided attention to the greatest love of my life, and not the agony….

I woke up this morning with that all too familiar burn once again… followed by the burning… and funny enough I now can’t move my neck AT ALL…. Sigh…

But today as I am bullied by my pain, it will be somehow easier to take.  My pain didn’t bully my son yesterday… and that is what matters to me.

And if you are curious, THIS is what a Nintendo DSi Hangover looks like….

 

 

So this is what it looks like when a 9 year old stay up all night!!!

 

I swear he can sleep in ANY position!!!  Ha! Ha! Ha!

What a great way to end a wonderful day!!!

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