Hey everyone! We’re in the big middle of Invisible Illness Awareness Week. Keep fighting for the good!
Yesterday Do I Look Sick participated in a really cool online panel discussion on invisible illness. Listeners could listen along, and slides with the current topic were posted for people who might tune in mid-discussion. There was also a twitter chat going on at the same time, where people could add their own thoughts. It was very, very cool and very unique. A big thanks to WEGO Health for hosting and for inviting little old me!
Funny tid bit from behind the scenes – I introduced myself last, and I didn’t know who all was on the panel before this point. When I heard Christine Miserandino, author of the Spoon Theory and coiner of the term “spoonies”, introduce herself, AND Summer Beretsky, author of a very moving article on invisible illness in the L.A. Times, I seriously considered hanging up and hyperventilating into a paper bag for the rest of the day. I think someone mistook me for a blog celebrity!
But the discussion was really awesome, and if you missed it don’t worry! WEGO Health is working on a transcript of the event, and as soon as it’s out I’ll be posting it here.
In the mean time, I’m honored to accept my second award for this blog, the Beautiful Blogger award!
A big thanks to Sarah over at Our1000Days for the nomination. To accept the award, I post this image, write a little tidbit about the blogger who nominated me, write a list of 7 things about myself, and finally, nominate 7 bloggers to receive this award as well.
First, about Sarah ~ when I first started this blog, and I didn’t know anything about blogging or wordpress, I found Sarah’s other blog, 12 Months of Creativity under “Freshly Pressed.” I didn’t know what “Freshly Pressed” was, but I liked her blog and it was literally the first blog I ever followed. Her post was about her boyfriend getting his I can now drive a helicopter license, and how proud she was of him. It was only a few months later that he was killed in a helicopter accident, and Sarah began her new blog “Our 1000 Days.” Obviously, this is the most tragic and beautiful topic ever, and no one deserves this award more than her. I was humbled and honored to be nominated by her. Over the last few months, we became fast friends, finding out all we have in common – from trite things, like both of us being Texan ladies, to deep and profound things, like how similar our daily struggles are, hers in loss, and mine in illness. Neither of us got to choose our life, and both of us live it to the fullest anyway. I love this girl, y’all!
Alright, time for seven things about myself:
1. I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I was 18 and newly engaged.
2. I am now happily married, and our little family consists of 1 husband, 1 wife, and 1 cat-baby named Mimi.
3. I have had two surgeries for endo, and one emergency oral surgery because I’m just lucky I guess.
4. I am a professional screenwriter, and have sold scripts for two webseries. Only one of the two was ever produced. You can see the pilot below.
5. I have written (but not yet sold) three full length scripts, which can be found here. Feedback is always welcome! And offers to buy are REALLY welcome!
6. I currently work for a small production company at my university. We make videos and graphics for our online learning branch, and promote the use of technology in education. Here’s a timelapse test I did recently for work – it’s my 2nd favorite project I’ve ever done here. My 1st favorite is still in production.
7. I am deathly afraid of needles. I’ve spent more than my share of time in hospitals and doctor’s offices, but when they need to take blood or give me a shot, I’m still just as terrified as I was when I was 5, and I always give them fair warning. I have hit doctors. I have kicked nurses. This is an EXTREMELY delicate process! This is why I bring my husband to every appointment I ever have – with endo, that means the majority of those appointments are with my gynecologist. He’s a trooper. And a good restrainer.
And finally, the seven bloggers I’d like to nominate are:
1. Crazy In Pink ~ an endosister
2. Stephanie ~ one of my best friends, writing about true beauty
3. Musings of a Dysautonomiac ~ a fellow spoonie
4. Chronic Pain Survivor ~ a fellow spoonie from the other side of the world!
5. Mumbai-bye, Texas! ~ A fellow Texan, living in India as an exchange student
6. Postcards from Ian and Margaret ~ Like UP in real life if no sad things ever happened in it.
And readers, thank you all so much for supporting me, supporting invisible illness week, and fighting the good fight. Be As Well As Possible!