Firstly I would like to say that meeting all these people through their blogs was quite an experience.
Winston Churchill said: "Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities...because it is the quality which guarantees all others."
Courage is what all these bloggers have - for speaking out and blogging about the difficult topic of disability and all that goes with it and courage for what they go through. Oh yes, sometimes they make little of it and sometimes they present it with humour or anger but it is still courageous.
Amongst these writers the “firsts” range from putting one’s child into 24 hour nursing care to realising that a blog was a great forum “The place where even the unforgivable is acceptable, where nothing is taboo.” Gonna eat worms
- In her blog, Donna Thompson writes about disability, care in the community and our aging population and has rich material within her own four walls! In this post she talks about many firsts - we “moved our family across the world, my husband retired from the diplomatic corps after thirty-seven years, and we helped our adult son relocate from the family home into a residence with nursing care.”
- it's myositis wrote their first post about everyday life with their muscle disease in Just About Today
- Angry for a Reason tells us how SADIE WON 1ST PLACE FOR BEST RESCUE: but that is only a small part of the story about a caring and intuitive pit bull dog and her owner.
Oh and a first attempt to do a solo paper and scissors zine, on (dis)Abilities and Activism!
- Paula’s first post, back in 2006, was about her decision that her blog would be a discussion of key issues unique to the experience of "E." (epilepsy) “ issues that create the essence of one's experience with E.”
- Penny L. Richards’ first post at Disability Studies, Temple U. was April 16, 2005 titled “Color into sound” For those who don’t know Temple U is Temple University in Philadelphia, USA, a world of Disability Studies, Geography, and History with contributors from coast to coast. They host this Disability Blog Carnival, the very first of which was hosted by Penny L. Richards was back in October 2006: It was Disability Blog CARNIVAL #1 “ to roundup recent disability-related blogging on a monthlybasis” with so many amazing links to blogs many of which are still going.
- aftergadget said "A LOT has changed since I wrote this first post" : the aptly named Beginning After the End about death and survival “But this blog is not about numbers. It’s about surviving a devastating loss that most people are very sympathetic to, yet few really understand – the loss of a service dog”
- Advocate For Yourself! is a first post of Deanna Williams at Inspired by Ankyolosing Spondylitis” She saw 7 different specialists in 3 months and says “One of the most important lessons I learned throughout my journey with AS is to advocate, advocate, advocate.
- The first post by Survivor at The Fibromyalgia Advocate about starting her blog
- Rheumatoid arthritis stories explains What Is Arthritis?
- Dave Hingsburger from Rolling Around In My Head says in his first post in October of 2006 "This blog is about remembering as well as about imagining" Read more at "There is a Line" "I Will Not Cross" ( in 2 parts)
- Judy at Peace Be With You changed her blog from prose to poetry, and we visit
her first haiku triptych "Learning Bravery" at this time.
- Health Zoo is full of blogs relating to many different health conditions. The first post was about gift ideas that would help wellbeing.
- The first post at Sjogren's blog is about diagnosis and symptoms of Sjogren's Syndrome.
- help autoimmune where 'What i am Learning' was the 1st ever post in 2009.
So please visit these bloggers and if you have a moment leave a comment on their post even just to say it was the first time you dropped by.