Kindness & Generosity on Full Display – #RRBC #AllergicToLife

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Welcome to Day 8 of the “SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!”

In honor of the late KATHRYN C. TREAT, Author

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There will be three winners at this stop today.

GIVEAWAYS:

(1) E-book copy of “ALLERGIC TO LIFE”

(1) $10 Amazon gift card (Courtesy of Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko) Author of “PREGNANT FUTURE”

(1) $10 Amazon gift card (Courtesy of Harmony Kent) Author of “MOMENTS”

(1)  $5 Amazon gift card

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OK, so, this was not the scheduled stop for today, but it is now, and in my opinion, it will be the most amazing stop along the entire tour!

I scoured Kathryn’s blog to try and find a post that would in some small way, sum up her passion for what she so strongly advocated for, and, also to give you a glimpse into what she was going thru and having to deal with, on a daily basis.

Here is a post that she wrote on September 8, 2014…it’s entitled:  NATIONAL INVISIBLE ILLNESS WEEK.  This is a perfect post, because she often shared with me, that people thought she was crazy and that her illness was all in her own head.

Kathryn’s no longer here with us.  She passed away two months after she wrote this post, after having celebrated RRBC’s Christmas Party online with us.  We think of Kathryn often, and it’s funny how sometimes we speak of her, as if she’s still here, and for those of us who she touched so deeply, she is.

Here’s the post:

Today (September 8, 2014) is the start of National Invisible Chronic Illness  Awareness Week which runs through September 14th.

How many of you who are ill with environmental illness, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc., have been told that you don’t look sick?  I have been told that I look good when I feel horrible.  On one hand, I am glad that I am not looking as horrible as I may feel, but it is hard to explain to others when you may not look as bad as you feel. On August 3, 2012, I posted on this site, “Me in the Beginning.”  When you look at my picture taken in 2002, it is easy to see how sick I was.  I don’t even think I realized how sick I looked, until later when I saw my picture.  I knew I felt bad and something horrible was wrong, but looking at myself in the mirror daily, the changes were gradual.  I didn’t suddenly wake up with dark circles, a haunting look, skinnier than I had ever been and with yellowing skin tone.

I want to raise awareness that environmental illness, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses may not necessarily affect a person’s appearance. It is truly an invisible and silent terror that many go through on a daily basis.  I hope that a day will come when someone says they have some unusual or unexplained illness, they will be treated with respect and their complaints taken seriously.

Toni Bernhard wrote a wonderful article entitled The challenges of Living with Invisible Pain or Illness.  I hope writings such as this one, will allow you to know that you are not alone in your battle with invisible illness.

Please take a moment to visit the Invisible Illness  website and read the stories that others have shared. 

I hope that all of you who visit today will pick up a copy of ALLERGIC TO LIFE.  It is an enlightening and most enjoyable read!

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BOOK TRAILER:

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Kathryn’s book and her blog, Facebook page, etc. are all still very alive on the RRBC site, where they will always remain.  I ask that you please follow each of her social media forums and continue to spread the word with us, so that her mission continues and her legacy never dies. **Kathryn, #WeWillNeverForget or #LeaveYouBehind.

Remember to leave your comments below and thanks for supporting this stop today!

*To follow along with the rest of the tour, click HERE!

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43 thoughts on “Kindness & Generosity on Full Display – #RRBC #AllergicToLife

  1. Finally going back to all the posts I missed while caring for my mom recently, but it’s never too late to support RRBC. This is a lovely tribute to Kathryn. I wished I had the chance to meet her, but I will spread her message loud and clear.

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  2. Such a wonderful idea to continue her legacy. I read the book looking at it from a health professional standpoint. It was a page turner. Wishing the best for her family who had to go through the unknown with her.

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  3. I’m sorry I never had a chance to know her, but I think it’s wonderful how you and RRBC continue to share Kathyrn’s legacy, Nonnie. I have friends who suffer with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia and can attest to those small changes that creep in daily. Too often these types of issues (along with environmental illness) are diagnosed only when everything else has been ruled out, and that shouldn’t be the case. Thanks for a great post!

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  4. I still wear the bracelet Kathryn sent me because “I saw it and I knew it was meant for you.” Though we never met in person, we talked on the phone and communicated by email frequently. It was her invitation that brought me into RRBC. This is a beautiful post for a beautiful soul.

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  5. Beautifully done – a loving remembrance of an obviously dear friend. Thank you for sharing her with all of us who never had the pleasure of meeting her in person.

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  6. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul! I live with CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), and there have been some rough moments, for sure. I am blessed to have found a couple of holistic doctors who have helped me manage my fatigue so that I no longer have to live on medicine. I only wish Kathryn could have been given more years with us all.

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  7. I’m sorry to say that I never knew Kathryn, but I will learn more about her. We all die, but as authors, we will all live forever through our books. Kathryn will too. I can feel her pain as I’ve had chronic allergies for many years, but thus far I can control them. What problems will they result in in the future? Thanks for continuing Kathryn ‘so legacy.

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  8. This is a lovely tribute to a lovely lady. She really is often thought of and just as much mentioned. Her story is one that the world needs to hear and I’m happy to see it being promoted today. Thanks so much, Non!!

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  9. This is a beautiful post, Nonnie. I didn’t know Kathryn, but obviously she touched everyone who knew her in a deep way. I love the way you help keep her very much alive. I relate to that SO much! Thank you for sharing her own words with us who didn’t know her. Just a beautiful heartfelt post.

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  10. How sad I am that I never had the opportunity to know Katherine whilst she lived. Yet through your words, Nonnie, and via the warmth of so many others her amazing spirit continues to shine. How marvelous that her strength, humor and courage inspired so many.

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  11. It really seems strange that Kathryn is no longer here. I physically reached out to her by phone after I read her twitter profile and was interested in purchasing her book, which I did. RRBC was not yet created but we both were tweeting with Nonnie and forming our little circle which lead up to the formation of RRBC’s first board. I was interested in her because I had my own health issues and could relate to some of what she was going through. She made me appreciate that my health could have been a lot worse—like hers.

    Nonnie this is the best tribute to her that she’ll ever get and the best tour so far on each stop. Thank you for reminding us again of the positive impact she had on this club. You were a real true friend to her and she was lucky for having known you.

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  12. I remember Kathryn leaving the party early due to feeling unwell, and then came the sad news of her death. She was truly a supportive and courageous lady. Thanks, Nonnie, for this beautiful post x 😊

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  13. That post is spot on! Those that suffer from ‘invisible’ disorders, whether it’s from environmental, physical or mental health issues are sometimes their own worst enemies and won’t answer truthfully to a simple query of ‘how are you?’ because if would just take so long to explain how truly awful they feel.
    Kathryn was a wonderful and inspirational lady and is part of the reason why I love the RRBC community so much, just for keeping her name and spirit alive. Hope your impromptu party goes with a zing Kathryn – those of you who haven’t yet read Kathryn’s book should do so soon – it’s as amazing as the lady herself! ❤

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  14. This is great, Nonnie, to post a party tour for our beloved Kathryn. If it is not too late, I would like to add a $10.00 Amazon gift card for her tour. Please squizz it in. Thank you 😀 Continue to rest in peace Kathryn! 🙂

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    1. That was so very kind of you, Joy! I have added your very sweet gift to the DAILY GIVEAWAY pot for this stop! We could make this an even greater stop, if others would like to add to this giveaway, as well!

      Thanks, Joy!

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      1. Count me in! 😃
        Joy, you are such an inspiration and have just brought tears to my eyes with your kind and amazing offer.

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          1. Lmao … put me in for $10 Amazon GC 😃 … and if anyone knows where brains are on sale, let me know! He he he

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        1. Thanks, Harmz…and yes, brains…they have those at the Piggly Wiggly here in Shreveport for only $7.99! But you better hurry, they run out fast! (Hence all the basket cases we have roaming the earth right now) -______________-

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  15. This was a beautiful tribute. I read this book a while back. It called to me as I’m one of those people who feel (and are) allergic to life, although not as bad as Kathryn had it. I can sympathize.

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  16. I didn’t know Kathryn, but reading this post is so sad… sad for her suffering, sad for the loss of such a vibrant life, and sad that the world can be cruel.

    Thank you for keeping her story alive and sharing it with us.

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  17. What a wonderful tribute to a beautiful writer and human being! For anyone who deals with severe allergies or environmental illness, this is a must read. Thank you for posting, Nonnie.

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