ANOTHER NOMINATION FOR A WEGO FACEBOOK AWARD FOR BACK PAIN BLOG UK…

I’ve received another nomination for an award for my new Facebook Support Group

Since the awards inception in 2011, the WEGO Health Awards have proven to be one of the best ways to connect the healthcare industry with top patient influencers. It is the only awards program that recognizes Patient Leaders across all condition areas and platforms, with over 4,000 nominations in 2018 alone!

Thank you for nominating me for this Carole Sian.

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ANOTHER LOVELY AWARD FOR BACK PAIN UK…

My lovely blog friend Terri from Reclaiming Hope, nominated me for a new blog award which Pamela Jensen from There is Always Hope has created.

Terri writes a lovely blog on learning how to thrive, not just survive, with Fibromyalgia. Terri is a regular visitor to my blog and always writes lovely enthusiastic comments on my blog posts. Her Wellness Wednesday posts are full of tips to improve or inspire you with the odd recipe thrown in every now and again.

When I started writing my blog back on 2007 it was a way of me writing down how I felt on my bad and good days and I soon found solace in my blog friends and have never looked back since. It still amazes me how I can have blog friends from all over the world. Receiving an award like this just makes it even more worthwhile. If Terri had not nominated it for me and someone else had Terri would have been on the top of my list to award her with one. Many thanks Terri, you know how chuffed I am.

The Chronically Hopeful Award is, in Pamela’s words, “to recognize the incredible people who blog about chronic illness, mental health. ”

Here are the rules:

• Thank your nominator

• Recognize Pamela from There Is Always Hope as the creator of this award with a link.

• Use the Chronically Hopeful Award logo somewhere in your post

• Copy these rules onto your post

• Answer your nominator’s questions

• Write 5-10 of your own questions (they don’t need to be illness related)

• Nominate 5-10 other chronic illness, mental illness, or disability bloggers

• Comment on each of your nominees’ latest posts to tell them they have been nominated

Terri’s questions to me...

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your blog.

That it doesn’t matter where you are in the world the chances are you will get to know someone through your blogging who is going through the same as you

If you could tell people ONE thing about living with a chronic illness, mental illness or disability, what would you want the general public to know???

Never, ever, ever give up hope. I have a tile in my bathroom which has this written on it.

Why did you decide to start your blog/advocacy work?

I felt very lonely and didn’t have anyone to talk to about my conditions and started looking online (back in 2007) and found out all about blogs and I was hooked from the word go.

What is one thing you’re really good at?  Don’t be modest — tell us something you have a talent for!

Talking, I hardly ever stop. 😀

What do you like to do for enjoyment?

Blog (obviously) make gift cards, knit, and short breaks in the UK.

My nominees, all of whom I think deserve this award are…

Beverley Dickson from Blooming Mindfulness

Lee Good from Fibroblogger Directory

Carole Sian Scranton from Fibro Flutters

Poise and Prescence from Alexander Technique

Cindy from Validating Chronic Pain –

Claire Saul from Pain Pals Blog

My questions for my nominees are

1. How long do you spend blogging and do you blog daily?

2. What got you into blogging?

3. What three things do you love about Sunday’s?

4. Dog or cat?

5. Heat of cold when you are in pain?

HOW WRITING/BLOGGING CAN TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND…

As most of my readers may know I started blogging back in 2007 after I had to sell my previous business due to illness.

I wasn’t the brightest of kids and in fact left school with just 2 GCSE’s in Art and Divinity. I had no idea what I wanted to do in life but had always enjoyed writing at school. This was mainly letters to family and friends but I would write page after page after page on what was going on at boarding school.

When I left school my Mum and Dad suggested I went to secretarial college first and then I had a skill I could use if I wanted to go down that route.

I took to shorthand and typing like a duck to water and for the first time in my life achieved a good grade when I left the secretarial college and immediately went into my first job as a secretary with a team of solicitors in Manchester.

I was happy at what I was doing but always fancied doing something myself and always thought I could write a book. Of course back in that day computers were not around and the only way I could get any information about getting a book published was by going to the local Library and reading up on it.

Situations out of my control changed all my ideas when the whole family moved to warmer climates as our Mum (in her 40’s) had suffered a bad heart attack and they advised somewhere warmer for her health.

I never settled abroad and just played around with part time work and looking after my Mum but unfortunately Mum took a turn for the worst and the whole family came back to the UK. We lost Mum at the early age of 53 and life seemed to change quite a lot after that.

I helped Dad out working for him at his offices and learnt all you would need to know about running a business. I then started a family of my own and worked part time and then stayed at home as a full time Mum which back in that day was the norm.

I started on my books again and entered some competitions and still have pages of children’s stories I had written but done nothing about. Fast forward another 25 years and five spinal surgeries later I sold my business and started writing for the local paper on news in my village.

The writing bug had come back and I set up Back Pain Blog I was on a different platform to WordPress which was mainly UK blogs but it closed down so I had to start again. Second time around I named my blog Back Pain Blog UK so people knew where I was based and amazingly I soon had followers and even some of my old ones that had moved onto WordPress had tracked me down.

Since 2007 I have written blogs and articles in magazines for a number of companies, some voluntary, and written on health, food, beauty and local news. I self published my own book on Baking Tips and a book on Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Pain,

I have also written a book for both my children on their life since the day they were born up until they reached the age of 30 years which included of 250 photos. They both treasured these and I have now promised them that I will write a story of their 93 year Grandad’s life who has passed away recently.

I am busy at the moment with an updated version of my Baking Book with lots of tips and all you would want to know about tea and afternoon teas which includes some of my personal recipes.

To say that writing has turned my life around is an understatement after leaving school with just two qualifications neither of which were related to English. I would encourage anyone who is in constant pain or lonely to try and write a blog and make some new friends along the way. It’s something to get up for and something which keeps your brain active.

I have in the last two weeks bought myself an iPad Mini4 which I am writing on at the moment as I can no longer lift a laptop due to the pain whereas this little iPad is perfect for writing on.

Feel free to ask me anything about blogging or self publishing just pm through my blog and I will happily get back to you.

YET ANOTHER BLOG AWARD FOR BACK PAIN BLOG UK…

I received an email this morning from the founder of FeedspotAnuj Agarwal to personally congratulate me as my blog Back Pain Blog UK… has been selected by their panelist as one of the  Top 10 UK Fibromyalgia Blogs on the web.

This is the most comprehensive list of Top 10 UK Fibromyalgia Blogs on the internet. The Best UK Fibromyalgia Blogs from thousands of UK Fibromyalgia blogs on the web using search and social metrics. They say ‘subscribe to these websites because they are actively working to educate, inspire, and empower their readers with frequent updates and high-quality information.’

These blogs are ranked based on following criteria

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

Feedspot is the best place to read all your favorite websites in one place and discover new good ones. Staying informed is a constant struggle for most of us, let alone people with high-profile, high-pressure jobs. There’s usually no time to leisurely read a favourite paper over coffee. With Feedspot you can read latest updates from all your favourite news sites and blogs from one location.

I am thrilled to have this award and thank all who felt I deserved it.