Backpacking and Bipolar II. Taking Manic Depression on tour.
“Identity involves entering a community to draw strength from that community and to give strength there-to”
Kitt O’Malley (http://kittomalley.com) and Breakdownchick (http://breakdownchick.wordpress.com) both nominated me for this award. This is the first of any of these award schemes I’ve ever been the recipient of; To be suggested by two bloggers at once is very humbling and I would like to say a heartfelt Thank you to you both. I was in two minds as to whether I want to be given ‘awards’ just for creating content here. I generally shy away from this kind of thing because I begin to feel a little bit self-conscious about feeding a narcissistic streak within myself. In the interest of sponsoring further communication and community though I’m more than happy to pay this kind of complement forward.
The rules in accepting this award are:
Seven facts about H&J:
The fifteen bloggers I nominate for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are:
Marie Abanga (http://marieabanga.com/) – I’ve only recently ‘met’ Marie but her no-nonsense and candid approach to the brain disease discourse is refreshing and leaves me hopeful for all of us. Her compassion for others who are ill and her obvious love of her family are hugely endearing. I love getting an African perspective, something I didn’t expect to have, and it always adds another dimension to the conversation.
Bree over at (http://dysthymiabree.com/) – Bree was one of my first followers who engaged me in regular conversation and her willingness to care for others is thrown into sharp relief by her Facebook support group, which she lovingly tends like an exotic, endangered garden.
Glenn from (http://glenn2point0.wordpress.com/) – Glenn’s “About” page is inspiring enough, it takes character to admit when you were wrong about someone and to reconcile, forgoing your pride. I’m glad to interact with Glenn – his cogent comments add to every discussion.
LiaB – (http://lifeinabind.wordpress.com/) – Rarely do you get short post on this blog. The time spent reading these earnest and thought provoking posts, however, could NEVER be deemed to be time wasted. For our Borderline brethren – a must see.
– (http://bipolarforlife.me/) – Not that she needs a plug from me – LPS’ posts are genuine, insightful and entertaining in equal measure. Head on over.
AmandaQuirky – (http://amandaquirky.com/) – As if being a student doesn’t involve enough writing – Amanda takes the time to post as she learns and to interact with some of us, the more fortunate denizens of wordpress.
Paula – (http://depressionexists.com/) – Paula has recently undergone multiple sessions of ECT. The bravery in making use of this treatment option is staggering to me, and I’m sure we’re all going to learn more about living with Bipolar, post ECT fairly soon from her blog.
Carrotykate – (http://bipolarcodex.com/) – A picture can say a thousand words, some of CK’s say 1001. Go have a look!
Stockdale Wolfe – (http://stockdalewolfe.com/) – Anyone who dedicates posts to Mark Rothko and gives the standard of input shown by TSW in discussions here gets my vote.
Sheri de Grom – (http://sheridegrom.wordpress.com/) – I’ve only recently bumped into SdG on here but so far I’ve received some absolutely no-nonsense feedback on a few posts and everything I’ve read has been informative and indicative of a level of resilience I can only hope to reach one day.
Jason Clark – (http://therootofanger.wordpress.com/) – Jason’s story and willingness to share it are both humbling. Go check out The Root of Anger.
(http://neverbenormalagain.wordpress.com) – Check out the post ‘Spin Doctor’
MBPRC2014 – (http://mybipolarrollercoaster.com/) – Now taking contact details from people with Bipolar to do interviews about their condition. Go sign up.
Pieces of Bipolar – (http://piecesofbipolar.wordpress.com/) – See http://piecesofbipolar.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/whats-the-password/
All the best,