I was kindly nominated for ‘The ME, CFS & FMS Blog Awards’ by Barry Evans, who said these lovely words about both my blogs:

“Clare has had a difficult start to life, she was diagnosed with M.E. at the start of secondary school and was bed bound for 3-4 years whilst studying for her GCSE’s. Clare improved for a couple of years after that but deteriorated again after that. Despite this, she has the added pressure of doing her degree. Clare’s blogs offer a thorough insight into her life bit by bit. In particular, “Life with M.E. whilst Studying with the Open University; BSc (hons) Computing, I.T. & Business” shows the struggles that occur whilst studying and is something students with M.E. can relate to.”

I think the whole blog awards idea to help raise awareness of these conditions is a brilliant idea! Please find the rules of the awards at the end of this post.

Before my nominations…I’d like to share Barry’s insightful blog http://barrysme.blogspot.co.uk/ Not only does it provide an insight into Barry’s life but there are also posts on things that are difficult when living with M.E. or the like. His post on deteriorating friendships I can particularly relate to.

So my nominations are:

Hayley-Eszti http://hayleyeszti.blogspot.co.uk/ 
In her blog Hayley shares her experience of having M.E and the troubles it brings. It also provides an insight into her life and some tips for positivity among other things.

Anna http://www.lifeintheslowlanewithme.blogspot.co.uk/ 
Well what can I say about Anna’s blog? It provides an insight to the life of someone with M.E. and she is truly an inspiration to me. Anna and her friend came up with what is fast becoming my weekly highlight: Chipper Tuesday (See her post here) A day where those with chronic illness are invited to wear something they don’t usually wear…something which gives you a sense of normality.

Ali http://beingamummywithme.blogspot.co.uk/
This lovely lady gives an insight into being a Mummy while having ME. She invites guest bloggers too – from Daddys. For me it provides a helpful look at how it’s possible to be a parent and be ill. Gives me hope that perhaps one day I’ll have kids and be able to manage!

Charlotte http://mookpixie-infofreak.blogspot.co.uk/ 
Charlotte’s latest posts of poems really describe living with ME and also provide positivity. I love reading through them; especially on days when it feels like ME has won.

Mary http://merrydholl.wordpress.com/
Mary is relatively new to the blogging world but her posts offer tips to try and make life easier as well as descriptions of her experiences, of which many of us can relate to.

There are many more amazing ME bloggers out there and I read many more blogs but unfortunately I simply don’t have the energy to nominate them all, so if you’re not mentioned it’s not because I don’t read your blog, or don’t deserve to be nominated; it is simply a case of me attempting to manage my spoons!
And finally the rules…


Awarded by bloggers, to other bloggers, to acknowledge outstanding endeavour in promoting awareness of Myalgic Enchephalomylitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)  and/or Fibromyalgia (FMS).

The blogs receiving the awards do not need to be dedicated solely to ME, CFS or FMS, but they should contain at least one post that has helped to increase awareness.

It is hoped that these Awards will increase blog readerships and also encourage networking between ME & CFS & FMS bloggers themselves.  No matter the title of our diagnosis, patients of these conditions all suffer from a frustrating state of health that is poorly recognised by most of society.


1,   On receiving the ME & CFS & FMS BLOGGER AWARD, you should be directed to a post that describes why you (and others) have been given this award.  The page will also include this set of instructions and the two award images.

2. Please note, you do not need accept the award.  The aim of the awards is about recognition and a bit of fun, NOT extra work! Please do not feel pressured to participate.

3. To claim your award:

a) Create a new post on your blog, in which you thank the individual who gave you the award  (remember to include a link back to their blog).  You can then copy the images to your blog post and/or side bar as you wish.

You may need to click on the image and download it, before putting it into your own post.


Below is the code for adding the small image as a link in your blog side bar if you wish to do so:

<a href=”
” target=”blank”>
<img src=”http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i4/salpublicphotos/BloggerBadge_zps26d28ded.png”/>

b) List three to ten blogs that you would like to recommend, giving a brief description of why you think each one is special.  A couple of lines is fine, but be sure to include a link to each blog you name (or specific page if you prefer) so that others are encouraged to visit.

c) Copy and paste these instructions into your post. Copy from the first *** above, to the last *** below to ensure that every thing is included. (Add the images separately if they don’t copy automatically. Control-Shift-V also removes crazy formatting during pasting if that is a problem. 😉 )

d) Alert your chosen blog owners to their awards by making a comment on the most recent post of their blogs.  The comment could simply read:
“Congratulations, I have nominated your blog to receive an ME & CFS & FMS BLOGGER AWARD.  Please visit <insert link to the post you have just created> to collect your Award”

3. Hopefully these awards will spread far and wide.  I would love to keep track of where the awards end up, so I would be very grateful if participants would also copy their list of awards into a comment beneath this post:
I hope that collecting all the recommendations in one place will help each of us to find and explore new blogs.



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