Thursday, 20 February 2014

My Nominations for the First ME CFS FMS Blog Awards


First of all, I'd like to apologise for the fact I haven't updated this for a bit, I'm coming down with an upper respiratory infection making my M.E. symptoms twice as bad. It's funny, when I was previously very fit and athletic, I was pretty much immune from any infections and very rarely caught them but now it's a different story...

So, the title of this post? I was very kindly nominated for the 'First ME CFS FMS Blog Awards' by Sally Burch with a very kind few sentences explaining what my blog is about:

"This is a very new, but perceptive blog written by a young man suffering with ME.  This post on Deteriorating Friendships is likely to resonate with many ME and Fibro patients.  And it's not just this post, throughout his blog Barry shows clear insight into what it is like to live with a disabling illness like ME, at a time when the world just expects us all to keep going".

I think it's a great idea to raise awareness and as Sally said, to "reward diligent bloggers, and to help us all to seek out new and interesting blogs".

Before explaining the rules of the nominations, I'm going to pick out a few blogs to write a few lines about...

1st of all, I'd like to share with you Sally's blog "Just ME"

This blog is incredibly well researched, easy to read and very informative. Sally doesn't just write about her own battles with ME, she provides a thorough insight into a variety of things such as doctors opinions, interesting articles and advice based on previous experience. Lastly, here is Sally's "ME Backstory"

For the rest of my nominations, I am going to pick out different blogs to those that Sally has nominated, this is to make sure that as much awareness is raised as possible. As I'm new to this blogging, I'm only familiar with a few blogs so here goes...

My next nomination is Clare Wood with "Life with M.E. whilst Studying with the Open University; BSc (hons) Computing, I.T. & Business" and "A life Within an Illness"

Clare has had a difficult start to life, she was diagnosed with M.E. at the start of secondary school and was bed bound for 3-4 years whilst studying for her GCSE's. Clare improved for a couple of years after that but deteriorated again after that. Despite this, she has the added pressure of doing her degree. Clare's blogs offer a thorough insight into her life bit by bit. In particular, "Life with M.E. whilst Studying with the Open University; BSc (hons) Computing, I.T. & Business" shows the struggles that occur whilst studying and is something students with M.E. can relate to.

My next nomination is Kealie Mardell with "Seeing is Believing: Canary in a Coalmine"

Kealie recently shared this link with me which I was very grateful for. Kealie is a Mass Communications undergraduate studying in California. She writes about many things and her post about M.E. is incredibly well written. "Canary in a Coalmine" is a documentary to help raise awareness for M.E. This post provides many quotes and a very realistic insight into how it feels to have M.E. It also provides several facts, quotes and is very informative  in relation to the documentary.

My next nomination is Nigel & Miranda Brewster with "Dozy Dayz"

Nigel & Miranda both suffer with severe M.E. Nigel has suffered for 20 years, Miranda has suffered for 11 years and they've both been bed bound for long periods. "Dozy Dayz" is a website providing tips, books reviews, surveys and videos. The videos provide good tips as well as personal experiences. They do a lot to raise awareness for M.E. and do a great job of it.

I will probably share a few more tomorrow but I'm very tired now!

And finally...



Awarded by bloggers, to other bloggers, to acknowledge outstanding endeavour in promoting awareness of Myalgic Enchephalomylitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)  and/or Fibromyalgia (FMS).

The blogs receiving the awards do not need to be dedicated solely to ME, CFS or FMS, but they should contain at least one post that has helped to increase awareness.

It is hoped that these Awards will increase blog readerships and also encourage networking between ME & CFS & FMS bloggers themselves.  No matter the title of our diagnosis, patients of these conditions all suffer from a frustrating state of health that is poorly recognised by most of society.


1,   On receiving the ME & CFS & FMS BLOGGER AWARD, you should be directed to a post that describes why you (and others) have been given this award.  The page will also include this set of instructions and the two award images.

2. Please note, you do not need accept the award.  The aim of the awards is about recognition and a bit of fun, NOT extra work! Please do not feel pressured to participate.

3. To claim your award:

a) Create a new post on your blog, in which you thank the individual who gave you the award  (remember to include a link back to their blog).  You can then copy the images to your blog post and/or side bar as you wish.

You may need to click on the image and download it, before putting it into your own post.

Below is the code for adding the small image as a link in your blog side bar if you wish to do so:

<a href="
" target="blank">
<img src=""/>

b) List three to ten blogs that you would like to recommend, giving a brief description of why you think each one is special.  A couple of lines is fine, but be sure to include a link to each blog you name (or specific page if you prefer) so that others are encouraged to visit.

c) Copy and paste these instructions into your post. Copy from the first *** above, to the last *** below to ensure that every thing is included. (Add the images separately if they don't copy automatically. Control-Shift-V also removes crazy formatting during pasting if that is a problem. ;) )

d) Alert your chosen blog owners to their awards by making a comment on the most recent post of their blogs.  The comment could simply read:
"Congratulations, I have nominated your blog to receive an ME & CFS & FMS BLOGGER AWARD.  Please visit <insert link to the post you have just created> to collect your Award"

3. Hopefully these awards will spread far and wide.  I would love to keep track of where the awards end up, so I would be very grateful if participants would also copy their list of awards into a comment beneath this post:
I hope that collecting all the recommendations in one place will help each of us to find and explore new blogs.



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