Today I received a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” from fellow blogger, Dor (http://notesfromtheblogusfear.com)/ , who says, “I have just lost a dear friend to cancer. She would have so loved your blog. You are an inspiration to many and I am giving you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” Thank you, Dor, for your kind words and for considering me for this award.
I am sure that my fellow bloggers are familiar with awards such as these, which are passed through the blogosphere in chain-mail-like-fashion. It may not rank up there with the coveted “Webby”, but I still consider it an honour to be nominated, and I am thrilled to add these badges to my site. (And just think, now I can refer to my blog as “an award winning blog”!)
Yesterday, I received another unexpected honour in the form of a response to my blog. If you have cancer, Dr. Siegel, or “Bernie”, as he prefers to be called, probably needs no introduction. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer treatment, and best selling author of twelve books. His first book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles” sold millions of copies and went to Number 1 on the New York Times best sellers list. It also landed him appearances on numerous television programs, including Oprah, Donahue and 20/20. (Yes folks, I said, OPRAH!)
In May 2011, Bernie was honored by the Watkins Review of London, England, as one of the Top 20 Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet.
It is little wonder then, that I am completely over the moon that this man took the time, not only to read my “Healthy Living Challenge” for this week, but also to comment on it, and send a personal response to my private email. You can read his comment here: (https://perksofcancer.wordpress.com/healthy-living-challenge-2/)
Thank you, Bernie, for reaffirming my belief that behaving like a survivor does indeed make a difference in recovering from cancer, and that miracles truly are possible.
Tip: In “Love, Medicine and Miracles”, Dr. Bernie Siegel says, “There are no incurable diseases, only incurable people”. Even if a type of cancer has only a 1% survival rate, that one person in a hundred who beats the odds could very well be YOU. If you are looking for hope, please read Bernie’s book.
p.s. As a condition of accepting the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”, I am required to nominate seven fellow bloggers who inspire me. It is difficult for me to narrow my choices to only seven, as I have met so many inspirational bloggers in the five months that I have been part of this community. Here are some of my favourite cancer-related blogs:
Susan is a breast cancer survivor who is both smart and funny. She shares her knowledge, research and experience as a registered nurse to present educational information relating to breast cancer and good health in general. She blogs at www.sisterearthorganics.com
Sweet Rachel is the eternal optimist, who is capable of finding the blessings which lurk behind her cancer diagnosis. She blogs at www.rachturner.wordpress.com
I feel a special connection to Jennifer because she and I shared the exact same chemo schedule. While we live in different countries, the blogosphere allows us to connect and compare our stories. She blogs at www.junojen.blogspot.com
Shanna is a sweet young woman who is one of the most determined souls I have ever cyber-met. She is constantly coming up with new juicing concoctions, cleanses, and alternative ways of beating her cancer. You can find her at www.existingstricky.blogspot.com
Marie is the wise one; a strong and intelligent woman who is showing us the ropes of the journey after breast cancer. She can be found at www.journeyingbeyondbreastcancer.com
AnneMarie is making waves with her outspoken and thought provoking blog www.chemo-brain.blogspot.com
Nancy is the spunky Texan who shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of breast cancer. Check her out at www.pinkunderbelly.com
Ladies, you can pick up your award below: