The Blogger Recognition Award comes to me from SpoonieMom from A Spoonie’s Tale. Thank you so much for nominating me for this award.
The rules of this award are:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Write a post and display the award.
3. Share in your post a brief history of how your blog started.
4. Give advice to new bloggers.
5. Nominate other bloggers you feel deserve the award.
6. Let each blogger know that you have nominated them.
I started Undiagnosed Warrior as more of a personal journal that friends and family could read as a way to keep up with my search for a medical diagnosis. Although I had been searching for a diagnosis fto my unexplained symptoms for about five or so years prior, although it was to a much smaller extent than what was eventually going to come with starting my care at one of the top-rated hospitals in the country. Even beforehand, though, I had spent much of my childhood and teenage years going from doctor to doctor but had been met with a great deal of opposition from the medical community since I was a young, highly productive female with nonspecific symptoms that varied substantially from day-to-day – and from one year to next. Nevertheless, I had never imagined that my blog would turn into what it has over the last year and a half, nor did I think my blog would lead me to all the opportunities it has, such as becoming a part of an amazing community and being able to “meet” so many strong, intelligent individuals who had gone through exactly what I had gone through. Essentially, the Undiagnosed Warrior Blog has taught me how to not only advocate for myself but for others as well. It gave me the ability to learn and seek out more information. It provided me support when I felt alone. Ultimately, it’s what led the way to my diagnosis – actually, multiple diagnoses – some of which were so rare that I’m not sure any of them would have been found without the help of everybody in the blogging community and on the Facebook support pages. So thank you!
It’s because of this blog and my followers that I continue to remain strong and I’m determined to bring awareness to the injustices and difficulties that result from the current state of our medical systems. It’s not in our heads and our symptoms are real – we will prove it! (although it’s a shame that we have to…)
I am not a “professional blogger” by any means, so really the only advice I can share is to keep telling your story – to anyone or anybody that will listen. Personally, I think the more we talk about chronic, invisible, or undiagnosed illnesses , the more likely other people will begin to understand where we’re coming from and how hard life truly is for all those who are suffering. With time, my hope is that the stigma of chronic illness or pain will be removed from society and we’ll gain additional support us in nearly the same way that the public has become tolerant of other forms of illness or disability.
Again, huge shout out to Spoonie Mom from A Spoonie’s Tale. When you get a moment, check out her blog as she offers such good information about living with a chronic illness and how to make self-care important.
(Of course, they are under no obligation to participate.)
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