Thursday, May 20, 2010

Most Inspiring Blog

So, i finally submitted my nominations for the Nigerian Bloggers Award yesterday. If you haven't, please go over HERE and do it. I didn't submit a nomination for each category because there were some i just couldn't even think of a blog in that category. The science and technology blog for instance drew a complete blank. One category that gave me pause was Most Inspiring Blog - Blog that regularly inspires the reader. Most blogs i read on blogsville including mine, are very mundane. We write about everyday stuff, nothing earth shattering, nobody has found the cure for cancer or anything of that nature. We are mostly just regular people, living regular lives. I think i passed on that category also. However, it bothered me enough that it was the first thing on my mind when i woke up today; which blogger has inspired me.

Most of the blogs i read, for some reason are Nigerian, but i tend to branch out every once in a while when i stumble on a non-Nigerian blog that catches my fancy. I first stumbled on this blog 65 red roses in 2008, but i never saved the link and didn't go back until another blogger on my blog roll put up an entry about her. In her latest entry, she had made a video to let everyone know that she only had a couple more days left to live. It took me two days but i read every entry she had ever made, watched her videos, looked at her pictures, she shared so much of herself, it was easy to feel like i knew her.

Here was someone who was facing death with courage and love. She suffered from Cystic Fibrosis, had a double lung transplant 2 years ago and was now experiencing chronic rejection. I saw how she lived her life to the fullest in spite of CF trying to hold her down. I think she was a truly unique individual. Contrary to what she had said in her video, she didn't die in the next two days. She passed away on March 27th, 3 days to her 26th birthday. I had been praying for her and i felt gutted when i read that she had passed away.

This is a blogger whom i can truly say has inspired me. Not just because she was dying or has passed away but because of the way she choose to live her life, her courage in dealing with her disease, her work with CF and getting people to become organ donors, and her message of love. She was and continues to be an inspiration to me.

It's not how long we live that matters, but what we do with the time we have been gifted with.

There is a painting that was made in her honor. It is going to be auctioned off and all proceeds go to CF foundation. However, posters of the painting were also made and they are been sold on the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website for $65. Even though it is slightly expensive for a poster according to my bank account, i am seriously considering buying it. With shipping to the States, it comes up to $80. All proceeds go to the CF foundation.

9 comments:

  1. CNN did a feature on her blog after her death, it was the first time I had heard of her and I was very touched, then on one random visit to your blog I saw it was one you were following. I havent read her whole blog, but that little snapshot of her was truly touching.

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  2. I saw the CNN article about her. I think she was very brave and I really do admire her. I think her kind of courage is something we should all strive for.

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  3. Dunno how such blogs miss me sef. I'm only interested in blogs with some amebo or ashewo gist. mcheeww.

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  4. The most inspiring one I've read is here - http://nigeria2014.wordpress.com/

    I think I just haven't tried hard, cos I'm sure a lot of people write inspiring stuff that's not about fighting a disease, or world peace. I guess it's just about what speaks to our emotions...

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  5. i could never do what she did, if i ever heard i was dying.i'd prolly curl up and die.
    you should watch cnn heroes, those people literally make me cry and feel good about the world.

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  6. May her soul rest in peace & her words of inspiration give people the courage to face death when it comes calling..Amen. Weldone Sting..so how are you?

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