Tuesday, 6 September 2011

I got me some love!

I would like to thank Tink from Master of a Thousand Things, for sharing the love in her recent post.  She nominated this blog for the Liebster Award.  The Liebster Blog Award is all about helping blogs that have less than 200 followers extend their readership.  It is about promoting your fellow blogger by recommending them to your readership and vice versa.  If you like a blog, it is likely that you will like what the author likes and therefore a recommendation will mean that much more.

I have received this award before, but it was for my other blog, Stitched Together.  In some ways the award for this new blog means that much more.  This blog was quite hard for me to start, but I'm so glad I did. 

I didn't used to talk much about how my physical condition directly affected my life as I wanted to spend my time with the people I care about, enjoying myself and not talking about painful and hard subjects.  I have come to realise that it is only because people, like myself, don't want to spoil the nice moments they get, that those with good health don't know about the realities of life with poor health.  I decided that if I stayed silent, then the Government wins.  They can smile and slash our income and no one will object because they don't understand the effect it will have on the lives of all the sick people.  I have started telling people about those realities and I started this blog.  I don't want to be a health and politics bore, but these are important times that we are living in.  I don't want to be someone who sits back and lets others fight on my behalf.

If the current Government has it's way, during the next few years we won't have a working NHS, we won't have adequate social care, and the rich will be rubbing their hands together with glee because their taxes haven't gone up, to pay off the deficit that was caused by bailing out the greedy banking sector, and it's open season on all those lucrative Government contracts.

I can't stand idly by and watch the coalition demolish this country, that may not have always got it right, but certainly tried to.  My blog is my small way of joining the fight to enlighten the people who believe the "Scounger" headlines and the grossly misleading statistics released by the DWP.

Part of receiving the Liebster Blog award is sharing the love, by linking back to the person who nominated you and nominating another 5 blogs with less than 200 followers.

Here are my 5:

My first recommendation is HS and Me.  This is a new blog set up by A Girl in Winter.  I have read A Girl in Winter's blog pretty much since I started blogging.  She is a fellow lover of books and craft addict.  I didn't realise until earlier this year that she was also someone who struggled with health issues.  HS and Me, is her new blog about her health, that is very interesting and honest.

Another fellow crafting blogger Anniebead, has also recently set up her health blog about Living with Arthritis.  Both of these first two recommendations introduced me to new conditions.  I think that there are so many illnesses that are not publicised, and therefore people don't know that they have them, or what to do about them, so I encourage you to check them out, if only to learn something new.

Helen from Humanity before Hatred is another person trying to spread information and honesty about life without perfect health.  Helen is also a cartoonist of great talent!

Another fellow British angry and sick person, Steven from Tentacles of Doom, shares my passion for stopping the seemingly inevitable march of the current Government into a almost completely capitalist state, where the ill, the old and poor are shunted off the cliffs of Dover and pointed towards France. (oops sorry did that sound bitter??)  Steven's blog is full of details and quotes and links to other sources to back up the arguments that he makes.

The Broken of Britain blog just tips over the 200 followers mark, but I have included it anway, because I wanted all my recommendations to be about promoting the awareness of the realities of living with sickness or disability in Britain today.  There are many people who contribute to this blog, and it was one of the first places I became aware of the scale of the battle we are fighting.  It was this blog that told me about the 20% cuts being made to the benefits paid to the people with the worst health.  It was here that I heard about the new NHS bill that removes the obligation for the UK to actually HAVE an NHS, and it was here that I learned that I wasn't alone in being angry and frustrated with the way we are being treated, so that is why I have snuck this one in!

So once again, thank you Tink, for promoting my little blog.  I greatly appreciate it.

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