Perk # 69: Awards and Recognitions

Today I received a “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” from fellow blogger, Dor (  , who says, “I have just lost a dear friend to cancer.  She would have so loved your blog.  You are an inspiration to many and I am giving you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.”  Thank you, Dor, for your kind words and for considering me for this award.

I am sure that my fellow bloggers are familiar with awards such as these, which are passed through the blogosphere in chain-mail-like-fashion.  It may not rank up there with the coveted “Webby”, but I still consider it an honour to be nominated, and I am thrilled to add these badges to my site.   (And just think, now I can refer to my blog as “an award winning blog”!)

Yesterday, I received another unexpected honour in the form of a response to my blog.  If you have cancer, Dr. Siegel, or “Bernie”, as he prefers to be called, probably needs no introduction.     He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer treatment, and best selling author of twelve books.   His first book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles” sold millions of copies and went to Number 1 on the New York Times best sellers list.  It also landed him appearances on numerous television programs, including Oprah, Donahue and 20/20.  (Yes folks, I said, OPRAH!)

In May 2011, Bernie was honored by the Watkins Review of London, England, as one of the Top 20 Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet.

It is little wonder then, that I am completely over the moon that this man took the time, not only to read my “Healthy Living Challenge” for this week, but also to comment on it, and send a personal response to my private email.  You can read his comment here: (

Thank you, Bernie, for reaffirming my belief that behaving like a survivor does indeed make a difference in recovering from cancer, and that miracles truly are possible.

Tip:  In “Love, Medicine and Miracles”, Dr. Bernie Siegel says, “There are no incurable diseases, only incurable people”.   Even if a type of cancer has only a 1% survival rate, that one person in a hundred who beats the odds could very well be YOU.  If you are looking for hope, please read Bernie’s book.

p.s.  As a condition of accepting the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”, I am required  to nominate seven fellow bloggers who inspire me.   It is difficult for me to narrow my choices to only seven, as I have met so many inspirational bloggers in the five months that I have been part of this community.  Here are some of my favourite cancer-related blogs:

Susan is a breast cancer survivor who is both smart and funny.   She shares her knowledge, research and experience as a registered nurse to present educational information relating to breast cancer and good health in general.  She blogs at

Sweet Rachel is the eternal optimist, who is capable of finding the blessings which lurk behind her cancer diagnosis.  She blogs at

I feel a special connection to Jennifer because she and I shared the exact same chemo schedule.  While we live in different countries, the blogosphere allows us to connect and compare our stories.  She blogs at

Shanna is a sweet young woman who is one of the most determined souls I have ever cyber-met.   She is constantly coming up with new juicing concoctions, cleanses, and alternative ways of beating her cancer.  You can find her at

Marie is the wise one; a strong and intelligent woman who is showing us the ropes of the journey after breast cancer.   She can be found at

AnneMarie is making waves with her outspoken and thought provoking blog

Nancy is the spunky Texan who shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of breast cancer.  Check her out at

Ladies, you can pick up your award below:

10 thoughts on “Perk # 69: Awards and Recognitions

  1. Hi there,
    I began following your blog a few months ago. I work in a patient library that specializes in information for cancer patients and their families/caregivers and the general public. Day in and out I am inspired by individuals like yourself who show another side of living with cancer.
    We actually had Dr. Siegel come to our centre and speak – I have now heard 2 of his lectures. He is an amazing speaker and his material/books/cd’s etc bring such inspiration to cancer patients and even patients suffering from other diseases.
    We lost my father a year ago to bladder cancer and we are recovering from this loss the best way we can. Some days are better then others. I know that I would have shared your blog with him because many times I tried to find another side of the coin to show him….
    Continue doing the work you are doing, you can be sure that I have told others about your blog and your posts.
    Take care, enjoy every day!
    Love & hugs JoAnn
    ps – congrats on the award!

  2. I am so jealous that “Bernie” commented on your post! So cool!

    I am inspired by all the bloggers you listed and I am very humbled to be among them! I truly think this kind of exchange is the best medicine there is.
    I am so thankful that I found you (thanks Rachel!)

  3. Congrats, this is easily one of the most inspiring blogs around. I’m sure the more people that hear about it, the more the fear will dissolve for cancer.

  4. Thank you so much!! You are a sweetheart to nominate me and I am honored that you would pick me as one of the 7 when there are so many inspirational bloggers to choose from. Have a beautiful day, Flo!

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  6. Hi, I found this through Marie’s weekly round-up and I’m so happy I did! I agree; Marie is wonderful, as well as other bloggers you mention. I love the title of your blog and that you, too, are a fan of Bernie Siegel. When I was first diagnosed Love, Medicine and Miracles gave me hope and a reason to “secretly flip off” doctors who give death sentences.

    One of my personal “cancer perks” was the opportunity to work with Bernie when the organization I worked for hired him as a keynote speaker for their conference. I handled PR for the event and scheduled interviews for him. I was shocked when he said I didn’t need to talk to his publicist; I could go right through him. I was also pleasantly surprised that, when we finally met, he was as warm and caring as he seems on paper. Sometimes famous people dissappoint, but he didn’t.

    Several years later, I had a cancer recurrence and was inspired by Bernie’s work to write a collection of stories of cancer survivors who defied doctors’ predictions of imminent death. I contacted Bernie to ask if he’d review my book, From Incurable to Incredible, and was amazed when he said he remembered me. Bernie even said he wanted to collaborate on the book with me. But his agent told me contractual constraints wouldn’t make it possible. He wrote such a lovely recommendation, I made it the foreword of my book.

    I recently interviewed Bernie on my blog. I thought your readers might be interested.

    I am so happy I found your blog and hope you come visit mine, too.

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