I am extremely humbled and grateful to the wonderful Liz of Daily Warriors for nominating me for the Valiant Blogger Award. Liz is actually the creator of the Valiant Blogger Award, and she has an incredibly uplifting blog. Please be sure and check it out!
So what is the Valiant Blogger Award? In Liz’s words: The Valiant Blogger Award is for the blogger who is brave and courageous. It it dedicated to someone who, despite being faced with the most difficult obstacles in life, chooses to fight on and never give up. It is for the lionhearted, one who faces fears and challenges, who has become an inspiration to others along the way.
Now I’m sure you can see why I’m so humbled! I’m such a fraidy-cat sometimes that it amazes me that someone else might actually see me as brave and courageous. Thank you so much Liz – this is such an honor!
So here are the rules:
- Post the award on your blog
- Provide a link to the Hall of Valor (https://dailywarriors.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/hall-of-valor/).
- In 200 words or less, share about the greatest challenge in your life and how you got through it.
- Give one piece of advice to people who are struggling with something in their life.
- Thank the person who nominated you, and nominate a new blogger for the award.
My greatest challenge over the last few years has been to learn to live well with fibromyalgia. It has been and continues to be, a process.
Initially, just getting through each day and learning to cope with my illness was a full-time job. I was just existing, not really living. I would wake up in the morning and wait for the day to be over so I could go back to bed.
Next I thought, “I’m going to beat this!” I made some lifestyle changes such as dietary changes and reducing stress, and although they did (and still do) help, my symptoms didn’t go away. I started to lose hope. I knew I couldn’t let that happen. I realized I had to find a way to not just exist, but to live, and live well, with this. I had to learn to accept that I may never be cured, that “normal” for me would look different than it did before.
That’s when HOPE was born. I started centering my wellness plan around a Healthy Diet, Optimism, Prayer and Meditation, and Exercise. This has made a HUGE difference in my life! I’m not just “getting through the day” anymore; I’m actually living my days! I know it’s through God’s grace that I’ve been able to get through those dark days, and I will be forever grateful!
One Piece of Advice:
Whatever you’re going through, no matter how hard it gets, never ever give up hope! Regardless of how bad things may seem right now, there is always hope for the future. One little spark of hope can light the darkness and show you the next small step you need to take to get through whatever you’re facing.
It’s hard to only nominate one person. I have “met” so many courageous people since I’ve been blogging, and so many of you inspire me every single day. Thank you! Since I need to make a decision, I’m going to nominate the author of the first fibromyalgia blog I followed when I started blogging, my friend Kim over at I Tripped Over A Stone. Kim has had fibromyalgia for 20 years now, and she not only perseveres every day, she tries to help others through her blog, Facebook group, and book.
Liz, thanks again for nominating me! I feel extremely honored!