I’ve been nominated!

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And for once, I really don’t know what to say…

My blog, The Biopsy Report, has been nominated by Medgadget for a Medical Weblog Award in the Best Patient’s Blog category. I’m extremely grateful to the person who has submitted my blog for consideration and also to ScrubsGallery.com who have sponsored the award. If I were really honest, I’d admit that I’m chuffed but not for the reasons that you’d probably expect.

I started writing this blog earlier in the year following some major surgery. The operation was the culmination of two long, hard years fighting a serious MRSA infection in my skull. As many of you will already know, I’m no stranger to the world of surgery but the blogosphere was a complete novelty to me and I’m still very much a learner in this regard. In my blog, I write about medical issues and experiences from the perspective of the patient. It has proved to be the most therapeutic outlet imaginable and I’m now what could be termed as, a compulsive blogger!

There is not a lot to recommend about life as a long-term patient. Nothing can be taken for granted. The constant stop/start nature of life due to sudden illness is very frustrating and it can feel very unfair at times. It’s a real roller coaster of emotions but I would add that illness does have some compensations. My experiences have taught me to appreciate the simpler things in life and to see the world through different eyes. I have called it discovering magic and I can assure you, it is magical!

Yesterday my blog counter registered 12,000 visitors since June 2007. This is reward enough for me. I put my story out there in the hope that it might help others to see life from a different perspective, that of the patient, and these figures have exceeded all my expectations. A big thank-you to all who have visited my site and most especially to anyone who’s left a comment. I treasure your views. I also hugely enjoy visiting other blogs and especially those listed on my blogroll.

I have my son, Robin, to blame for getting me into the blog world. He spotted in me, a blog waiting to come out – and how right he was! He encouraged, cajoled and bullied me into putting my experiences into words and I have to say, I’ll never be able to thank him enough for introducing me to this world of fun and discovery.

My life has certainly not gone according to plan but this nomination feels like a lovely tribute at the end of a particularly difficult year. And right now, I’m feeling very lucky indeed πŸ˜€

HAPPY NEW YEAR to one and all!

Your ‘expert by experience’ patient,

Steph

8 Responses to I’ve been nominated!

  1. bendygirl says:

    Steph, huge congratulations! I’m so pleased for you on a personal level, and it’s fantastic to see a blogger with EDS being nominated! You go girl! BG X

  2. Grannymar says:

    Brilliant! I am delighted for you Steph.

    What a wonderful start to the New year. I hope it keeps moving upward.

    Have a wonderful healthy 2008 and may words never fail you!

  3. robert says:

    Congratulations on the nomination. It is very well deserved.

    Happy new year and I hope that 2008 will be good for you.

  4. Baino says:

    Haha . . you Irish have more blog awards than hot dinners! Congrats anyhoo! They actually have a “Best Patient” category. Put me up for the “Most Banal Banter” award! Seriously, it’s pretty interesting if not sometimes a little depressing. Here’s hoping 2008 sees you in good health and I wish happiness for you and yours. Sons are cool eh?

  5. Steph says:

    Thanks for the support folks! I’m positively glowing from your kind words πŸ˜€

    Onwards and upwards for us all in 2008!

    Baino – my son’s bedroom (when he’s home) is no different to Drummerboy’s but I wouldn’t swop him for anything!

  6. nonny says:

    Congratulations, your blog has been most informative. I hope you had a splendid Christmas and New Years.

  7. Caoimhin says:

    Good going Steph! πŸ™‚

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