I still can’t quite believe the response I’ve had for my M.E. Awareness week efforts. Sorry if I sound like a broken record, but I just can’t believe it. It almost seems a bit silly and over the top. Are people being serious when they send me such lovely messages or are they having a laugh, at my expense?
Just as everything was starting to quieten down I got an email. When I saw it was from The M.E. Association I assumed it must be a routine ‘Thank you’ but as I read it I quickly learnt that it was more than that. In short, The ME Association were asking for my permission to adopt ‘Blue Sunday’ as their own. A bit like the Marie Curie Cancer Care Blooming Great Tea Party (actually not where I got the idea from) or Invest in M.E’s The Big Sleep if you like. They think my idea (which isn’t even groundbreaking if you think about it) is good enough to roll out nationally. My little idea. My spur of the moment ‘we should do something for M.E. Awareness week this year’ idea. (My family and friends have been shocked by this – they thought Blue Sunday was already The ME Association’s idea…)
But it didn’t stop there. A few emails back and forth and then another surprise. I was being nominated for the JustGiving Awards. Pardon?! I will find out on Friday 20th June if I’ve been short listed for the Special Recognition award. I imagine I’m up against the likes of Stephen Sutton (google him if you don’t know who he is) and so it is an absolute honour to just have been nominated.
I’m dumbfounded by all this.
So my worries about how I’d possibly be able to make 2015’s event bigger and better can be forgotten. Within a month of Blue Sunday 2014 it looks like I don’t have to worry about next year at all.
Who knew you could achieve something like this when you suffer so horrendously with a chronic illness?! Gosh if I was healthy I’d be unstoppable!