Past My Prime

The Biopsy Report has suffered a knock-out punch. The first round of judging for the 2010 Irish Blog Awards has been completed and my blog has failed to progress in either of the two categories for which it was nominated.  I just gotta accept it, this blog is now officially, a has-been 😦

Seriously folks, I’d like to thank those of you who kindly nominated The Biopsy Report for the Best Specialist Blog and the Best Personal Blog award. Having been a finalist in each of these categories in the past, I’m more than happy to take a back seat this year and watch the fun from the sidelines. And anyway, I’ve already reaped huge rewards from this blog. Not only has it yielded some fantastic blogging friends, it’s also succeeded in keeping me focussed and connected throughout the past difficult year with my health. For that alone, I’ll always be grateful.

I’m delighted to find that all of the blogs (bar one) which I nominated for a blog award, have made it through Round 1. I congratulate you all on your success and wish you the best of luck in the next round of judging. Health permitting, I look forward to meeting up in Galway at the end of the month.

15 Responses to Past My Prime

  1. Alexleej says:

    How are you doing Steph? Scaffolding removed? Anti-b free? Sending you fandabbydozy thoughts xxx

  2. Baino says:

    Aww never mind. Seems every man and his dog has a nominated blog! It’s a huge thing over there. I guess we’re a little more blase about that sort of thing here. Enjoy the celebrations and the chance to catch up with other bloggers though, must be so much fun. How’s he head?

  3. Grannymar says:

    This is the year to look after No 1, rest plenty and stay well.

    Hope you manage to join the fun and craic in Galway.

  4. Annb says:

    Hardly past your prime Steph, the best is yet to come. I really hope you can make it as it looks like my childcare might just work out and cinders will get to the ball!

    Take extra special care of yourself!

  5. Steph says:

    Alex – Hi! there. I’m afraid I’ve had a difficult week one way or another.

    I thought I’d got off lightly this time as the first 10 days post-op were relatively easy. I mistakenly thought things would only get easier (like the last time) once the splints were removed, but not so. It seems the scaffolding was protecting me from the reality of the surgical onslaught. I’m now feeling the full effects of it and have had to slow down again. Now I know why the surgeon said it would take a full 8 weeks until my head is fully healed! I’m off all antibiotics and I hope you are still too?

    Baino – I feel I’ve had my time in the limelight with the blog awards and great fun it was too. It’s brilliant to see loads of new blogs getting their rightful turn under the spotlight. The blog awards night is such fun, I really wanna be there!

    Grannymar – Thank you! As you know, I have to attend an important family event the morning after the blog awards and that takes priority in the overall decision stakes. Finger crossed, my head will come on leaps and bounds in the meantime so that I’ll be able to make it to both events. We’ve got lots of fun and games to catch-up on!

    Annb – At least someone believes in me still 🙄

    Show me the way. Teach me to take, one day at a time, sweet Jaysus! 😀

  6. Jenny says:

    hi steph,
    while you may not have progressed to the next round I would hope that you would take some consolation in that fact that in me you now have acquired another devoted fan.
    I look forward to reading more of your brilliantly insightful and at times hilarious blogs (is the rugby on bbc1 or 2?). I feel excited for whats to come. I cant believe you consider yourself past your prime because i have loved every single one of your blogs since i began reading them a number of weeks ago and as far as im concerned you couldnt possibly be able to improve on your current contributions to the blogging world because they are brilliant, perfection in a blog!

  7. Steph says:

    Jenny – Thank you for your very kind words. You’ll find the money in a brown envelop under the doormat 😉

    This blog has been my constant companion over the last three years and I’ve grown very fond of it. I’ve used it to document my personal journey with health problems and also to talk about what I know best, being a patient within the Irish health service. I live in hope that some day soon, I can close the final chapter on Steph @ The Biopsy Report!

  8. Val says:

    Awww Steph. I’m sorry the blog didn’t get through, it should have done.
    To be honest I’m amazed that my one did!

  9. Nancy says:

    Dear Steph,

    It shouldn’t matter that your blog didn’t get through.YOU GOT THROUGH,Pet, and that’s all that matters at the moment.

    You have made a lot of good friends who love and admire you for your strenghth and humor.

    If anyone asks why you are not going to the awards you tell them you have an important family gathering to attend with your cousin Nancy……

  10. Steph says:

    Val – Thanks! I’ve had my turn.

    I’ll only be amazed if you don’t get to the finals. I’m wedded to the photographic industry so I know a good pic when I see it!

  11. Steph says:

    Nancy – You slipped in when I wasn’t looking. Aaw! You’re too kind!

    How I’d love it if you could come to my Dad’s 9oth birthday party. All his eight grandchildren are coming from various corners of the world to celebrate with him. I still hope to get to the blog awards the night before but only time will tell on that one.

    Cousin Steph x

  12. JBBC says:

    I’d demand a recount Steph!!! It doesn’t make any sense to me that you aren’t there. I’ve been reading your blog for exactly a year now..having discovered it through the blog awards last year. I started blogging around the same time, and your blog was definitely an inspiration to me and the direction I took at that time. Anyway, you don’t need no award to tell you what we all already know…you are a winner through and through. Marie x

  13. Steph says:

    JBBC – A very big thank-you for your kind words!

    To be perfectly honest, I value the vote of confidence received here in comments, more highly than any blog award.

    Having said that, the IBAs play an important role in the Irish blogging community and Damien and his hard working team, deserve great praise for showcasing the blogging talent (both new and old) each year.

    To me, it’s not about winning or losing. It’s how you play the game that counts!

  14. Alexleej says:

    Hi Steph,

    So sorry to hear that you are having a rough time after scaffolding removal – but sending you a link to when I got mine out – I was the same. Really down. I hope you are feeling a little better by now. Sending you warm and fluffy thoughts (I am in a good mood ‘cos the sun has got his hat on today) A x

    I started this at the beginning of this year after your blog inspired me – my family have been on at me to write my experiences down for years. So please forgive the crude start – I am not half as professional as you are but at least it is a relief

  15. Steph says:

    Alexleej – I’m delighted to find that you’ve started your own blog. Here’s to many happy hours documenting your own journey with the NHS!

    I’ll blog about my own situation shortly but suffice to say, I’m definitely on the mend now.

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