The Disability Blogger Award

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I have been nominated for The Disability Award by Suzanne from FibroMomBlog. I am flattered and love that there is now an Award to Bloggers who blog about Special Needs, Chronic Illness, and Mental Health, for recognition! The main reason we have these blogs is to reach others going through what we are going through and to raise awareness! It is not easy being transparent!

Some of my blog posts about Special Needs Parenting can be found here:

I Took a Little Longer
The Rock He Needed
The Day We Got Our Son’s DYRK1A Diagnosis

Questions from Suzanne:

What has been an unexpected occurrence from starting your blog?

An unexpected occurrence from starting my blog would definitely have to be how much I want to help others be successful with theirs. When I initially began my blogging journey (almost a year ago) I wanted to help raise awareness about Dyrk1a Syndrome—and I still do. However I have also started sharing my blogging knowledge with others because I want everyone in our niche (Chronic Illness, Mental Health, and Special Needs Bloggers) to have successful blogs.

I often see in Pinterest threads other bloggers not pinning something because it didn’t have a pinnable image… instead of offering assistance they moved on. It really drives me crazy! That is why I created the Engagement Group for Chronic Illness, Mental Health, and Special Needs Bloggers. I wanted us to uplift each other!

I have also included blog posts about how to use Canva and why I invested in Tailwind for my readers. I wanted to show them how important Pinterest is in bringing referral traffic to their blogs!

You Can Find These Posts here:

How I Use Canva to Make Pins
How Tailwind increased My Blog Traffic

Lastly, I started the Share Your Stories Series a few months ago which allows other families to share their stories! So far I have had three families share their stories and I love that it is helping them raise awareness. I know how important it is to share your story and to raise awareness, which is why I thought it was important to start this series!

You Can Find These Stories here:

Connor’s Story
Adrianna’s Story
Devin’s Story

Is there any advice you have for someone with a chronic illness that wants to start a blog?

My one and only advice for someone with a Chronic Illness, Special Needs, or Mental Health is to… GO FOR IT. I have met the most amazing people since beginning my blogging journey! I also find that is a huge stress reliever for me! Not only will you meet the most amazing tribe, reduce stress, you will also be helping another one out there know they are not alone.

What are some ways that you try to inspire others?

I would have to say one way I try to inspire others is to share my story. I have always been very critical with my writing, I’ve never thought it was any good. Despite that I have submitted a few of my posts to The Mighty and Scary Mommy! The Scary Mommy featured our Diagnosis Story, Dyrk1a Syndrome, was plastered all over their Facebook page, their main page, etc. As critical as I am I know that by publishing on a platform with so many readers and followers will allow our story reach a family who is searching for answers.

Don’t be afraid!

Do you have a flare or self-care kit? If so, what is in it? If not, why not?

Not necessarily a self-care kit. I try to make it a point to take care of myself. Being a mom of two with one whom has special needs can be very taxing. I like to try and read a book, workout as much as I can, take walks, get my hair cut, and even blog—yes blog! When I write I find it very relaxing!

Lastly, I recently starting taking medication for my Chronic Liver disease. It is once a day and I will see my gastroenterologist in a month to see if it is working. I will share my Chronic Illness story soon, I am currently working on the post.

Is there something you do to take your mind off your illness?

It is very hard not thinking about it. Since I had my liver biopsy results it is pretty much all I can think about. I worry about what the future holds and the low risk of liver cancer. I want to be there to take care of my boys, which is why I started taking medication for it and being more proactive.

If you are having a difficult time, please talk to someone! It is okay to feel nervous and fear, I am fortunate enough to have my mom who is going through the same journey as me.

Rules for The Disability Award:

  • Thank your nominator
  • Recognize Georgina from Chronillicles as the creator of the award and include her link
  • Use logo somewhere in the post
  • Answer your nominator’s questions
  • Write 5-15 of your own questions – they don’t have to be illness related!
  • Nominate 5-15 other disability, chronic illness, mental illness or special needs bloggers Comment on each of your nominees’ latest posts to tell them they have

My Questions for the Nominees:

What is your ‘why’ for starting your blog?

What is your coping strategy?

What is your favorite movie? Why?

What is your favorite social media channel? Why?

If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?

My Nominees Are:

Sheila, Empty Next Lifestyle

Patricia, Not So Crafty Momma Blog

Lana, Finding Inspiration in the Chaos

Amanda, Amanda Gene

Elizabeth, Despite Pain

Cristina, Rare Mama

The Disability Blogger Award #disability #specialneeds #chronicillness #mentalhealth #bloggers

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  • Reply Laurie Harmon

    Congrats! This is awesome. I love your answers to the questions. I can say that you are definitely a big help. You were so welcoming to me when I first connected with chronic illness bloggers and I appreciate all you do for us and the group. Keep up the great work.

    May 6, 2019 at 9:01 pm
    • Reply Jennifer

      Thank you Laurie! I’m glad that you feel that way! If you have any suggestions please let me know! I love our little group 🙂

      May 12, 2019 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Suzanne

    I love how you said blogging is a way to relax! I feel the same way. I am so happy that we met and became friends! So many miles separate us yet I feel so close to you! Thank you for your time, your advice, your tips and creative input, your humor and most of all your daily support. 🤗

    May 7, 2019 at 12:18 am
    • Reply Jennifer

      Thank you Suzanne! And I’m glad we met as well! It’s amazing how supportive bloggers are and the friendships you create! <3

      May 12, 2019 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Despite Pain

    Congratulations Jennie, and thank you so much for nominating me. I really appreciate that. I was nominated a couple of weeks ago by another blogger. My post is here –

    May 7, 2019 at 5:44 am
    • Reply Jennifer

      Thank you Elizabeth and you’re welcome! It is well deserved <3

      May 12, 2019 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Georgina

    Hi! Congratulations on the nomination!
    I completely agree that people should just go for it if they’re interested in starting a blog – it’s a great way to ease boredom, as well as make money, especially if you’re housebound. I love all your questions, too!
    Georgina from Chronillicles 💙

    May 8, 2019 at 6:30 am
    • Reply Jennifer

      Thank you Georgina! I absolutely love this award–bravo! I am not sure if you joined my Facebook group? If not, I would love to have you!

      May 12, 2019 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Holly Bird

    Well your blog!❤

    May 9, 2019 at 10:32 pm
    • Reply Jennifer

      Thank you so much Holly!

      May 12, 2019 at 11:06 am
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