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November 21, 2013

#490.5 – Thank You, Healthline!

Best health blogs 2013

Once again, I am surprised to learn that this blog has been added to Healthline’s Best Health Blogs of 2013 contest.

Last year, I was the only Canadian blogger to be listed. With your help, I made it to 11th place. Not bad for a disease-specific blog, although people have informed me that the broad range of health and wellness tips that cover exercise, food, surgery, pets, pain management, stress (and more!) are adaptable for different populations. I also searched for and was able to offer giveaways that augment your life. Speaking of which, have you entered this one for a DVD to help you Know, Do and Feel Better? (Stay tuned, as I have one, and possibly two, more giveaways to be offered in the remaining ten posts.)

Some of you shared the contest on your FaceBook pages, tweeted it, pinned it, or simply forwarded it to friends and family members. I would be honoured if you chose to support me in this way by voting for A Rheumful of Tips. I realize that it’s a lot to ask, as voting can be done daily, right up until January 15th 2013.

From my heart to yours – thank you!

July 3, 2013

#465 – I Will Write 500 Posts

The first thing that popped into my head as I sat down to write this post was a slightly revised chorus in The Proclaimers’ “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”.

But I will write 500 posts”, sings Marianna, thanks to and Lene Andersen. As a result of their encouragement, a seed of an idea was sown, nurtured and grown. That idea? Take A Rheumful of Tips (ART) to an even 500.

After reaching my goal of 365 daily tips, I thought “Phew, I’m done!” Then, I decided to add another 100 posts; however, in the nether regions of my head, small supporting voices were urging me on, so “I will write 500 posts”.

I was recently interviewed by Carrie Gadsby, the Communications Manager for The Arthritis Society, B.C. and Yukon division. We had some delightful and moving conversations during the interview process; it highlighted the fact that support pulses like a heart beat, reverberating outwards and inwards – support for and support from, a two-way street with arteries that lead to connections and ideas, belief and confidence.

Kind words spoken and taken to heart, translate into “I can go on”, regardless if it is another day, or another blog post.

Here is the link to the article which appeared in the June issue of Impact: A Mentor Among Us.

Thank you, Carrie, Lene, and Kathrin!

And now, for your listening (and singing/dancing) pleasure:

If you are able to go to Foot Solutions in Kitsilano, Vancouver, B.C., consider entering my giveaway for a pair of orthotics, which will support you as you walk, roller-blade or skate 500 miles! 🙂

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