Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thank You

Chuffed. Tickled pink. Over the moon. Validated. I feel like Sally Field.

I won Best Chronic Illness Blog in the Canadian Blog Awards thanks to you and I want to let you know that it matters, just as it did two years ago. It matters that the CBA had a category for Chronic Illness, it matters that people cared enough to vote for the nominees in the category and on a personal note, it matters to me that I was nominated.

I want to thank The Boy for nominating me, the other nominees in the category Graceful Agony and Chronic Connection for being such fantastic bloggers, the Canadian Blog Awards for doing this every year and for making me aware of so many great blogs, Dave Hingsburger who asked his readers to vote for me, too (Dave won two categories.). And you, the readers who voted for me. This means a lot. And I'm looking forward to figuring out how to put the button on my sidebar.

But here's the thing... Much as I'm really jazzed about this - look at me go, I found another metaphor about being excited - it is the rest of the year that matters the most. The Internet lends a social outlet to those of us who can't get out much. That's the theoretical statement, one that doesn't begin to touch on the reality. Because it's coming here to my little corner of the internet and finding you reading my posts, joining in the rants, laughing at my idiocy, sharing your own stories of disability and pain, putting up with my inability to e-mail or comment on your blogs as much as I'd like, offering support during the rough times and encouragement when the good things happen. Here is a group of friends who have that most special and rare thing: a genuinely liking and love for each other for who we are, people living with chronic illness or disability, people who don't, people who knit and those who don't, parents of kids, parents of cats (and dogs), lovers of chocolate and… well. Pretty much everyone loves chocolate. But yeah. I can look around and see you there, in the comments, in my bookmarks, in my inbox and you are the real prize.

Thank you.

14 comments:

Jolene said...

It was an honor to be included in this category with you - Congratulations!
It is quite something to realize this category wouldn't have existed in years gone by... It is a testament to you and our online 'chronic' community.  We are creating an awareness that has been long overdue!
Runner up to an established and insightful blogger such as yourself is my pleasure! ;)
Jolene
www.gracefulagony.wordpress.com

Michelle said...

Yes! Congratulations Lene!

colleen said...

Congratulations! 

But, one of my 4 kids doesn't really like chocolate...in small, weak quantities, he likes it ok...weird kid,  huh?

Lisa Hartford said...

Congratulations Lene!

Trevor said...

Yay!!

Wren said...

Oh, a BIG congratulations to you, Lene! You deserve this recognition for your thoughtful, compassionate, intelligent writing about RA and disability, and for giving us all glimpses into your life--glimpses that inspire and encourage. Way to go, grrrrl!

WarmSocks said...

That's terrific! Congratulations :)

Andrew said...

yippee! well deserved Lene

Jocelyn said...

Congratulations!!  You most definitely deserve it :)

AlisonH said...

Way to go, Lene, congratulations!

(p.s. I once dated a guy for awhile who hated chocolate, and he couldn't figure out why the relationship went nowhere.)

Diane said...

You totally deserve the award!  You are a fine writer, photographer and cat pillow.  

Lucy:  Get up and turn off the computer; time for Momma to take a break!

Dave Hingsburger said...

And and heartfelt congratulations from me too!! I am so pleased that we have met virtually and look forward to the day we meet personally. It's gonna be this year! You deserve the award and, like you, I'm 'silly excited' with winning too.

Becky (knittingyoyo) said...

Congratulations Lene! You deserve it. I love your blog and all the wit, wisdom and even the ranting you type there. Thanks to you for voicing your ideas. Makes us feel we are not alone.

Gaina said...

((HUG)) Congratulations :) .  I hope I get to Canada one day or you get to England and we have a chance to talk face-to-face.