The Chronically Hopeful Award

I am thrilled to be nominated for “The Chronically Hopeful Award” by Heather and Dizzy the donkey who have an awesome blog Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

The wonderful Chronically Hopeful Award has been created by Pamela, “to recognize the incredible people who blog about chronic illness, mental health and disability.”

The rules:

  • Thank your nominator
  • Recognize Pamela from There Is Always Hope as the creator of this award and link her URL –
  • 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.

Heather and Dizzy’s Questions for Nominees

  1. What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from your illness?
  2. If you were a dinosaur, what dinosaur would you be and why?
  3. What is your most embarrassing moment?
  4. What is your favourite flower?
  5. What makes you happy?

My Answers

  1. Fibromyalgia and auto immune disease have forced me to slow down considerably. It took me quite a while to come to terms with my illness as I was always a busy person. I could not work at all for nearly three years, but then I retrained in organic horticulture and eventually taught it part time in schools until 3 years ago.
  2. I am not a big fan of dinosaurs, but if there was a fish dinosaur I would choose that. Unfortunately, there are no fish dinosaurs.
  3. My most embarrassing moment was in Bali a few years ago. I slipped on wet stone steps, my legs flew into the air, and I came down with a bang on my tail bone. It was right in front of several staff members from my accommodation. The physical pain was excruciating, and I cried for most of the morning. Thankfully, X-rays showed only soft tissue damage, but I had to hobble about with the aid of a large umbrella for the last few days of my holiday.
  4. My favourite flower is a tough one as I have so many favourites – Roses, Poppies, Iris… I will go with Daisies as they are in my blog title, and I have lots in my garden.
  5. I am happiest when I am outdoors, pottering in my garden or sitting on one of Donegal’s fabulous beaches.

My Nominees

Please feel free to accept or decline, as I know some bloggers like to remain award free.

Alexis from A Tribe Untangled

Kim from I Tripped Over A Stone

Jennifer from Tea With Jennifer

Amanda from Walk A Myelin My Shoes

Jayne from See Jayne Run

My Questions for Nominees

  1. What advice would you give to a new blogger?
  2. How has blogging changed your life?
  3. What is the biggest lesson you have learned about your own health condition, that you wish you had learned sooner?
  4. What hobbies do you enjoy?
  5. What dreams do you still want to fulfil?



  1. Brigid, congratulations on this award. Hope defines your blog … your positive, informed and fascinating posts are always an inspiring read.😀 Ahh … being surrounded by nature one cannot help but be happy and you’re close to such stunning landscapes! 🌼🌺🌻

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  2. Congratulations Brigid – this is well-deserved! You spread so much hope and joy with your blog. I always feel as if I’ve had the opportunity to tour your beautiful homeland when I read your posts and enjoy your beautiful photos. I cringed when I read about you falling on your tailbone. I slipped on some wet stairs in Germany one time and went all the way down those hard stairs on my tailbone. A tailbone injury is incredibly painful. Congratulations again on your award!

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