The blog *forwomenseyesonly* has been nominated for the Community Heart Award by Barbara of Idealistic Rebel. Barbara’s blog exemplifies the spirit of a caring community, where no cause is too small or too great to take on. Her blog tackles the reality of life’s struggles but also offers beauty, kindness, and warmth. It is emancipatory in addition to being a source of inspiration and comfort.
The Community Heart Award was created by Kev, of http://kevs-domain.net/ for bloggers who care. Here is how Dr. Rex (as sited by Barbara) conceptualizes community :
A community is a social unit of any size that shares common values. Although embodied or face-to-face communities are usually small, larger or more extended communities such as a national community, international community and virtual community are also studied.
In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.
Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community has less geographical limitation, as people can now gather virtually in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location. Prior to the internet, virtual communities (like social or academic organizations) were far more limited by the constraints of available communication and transportation technologies.
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The Community Heart Award is unusual in that it has no rules attached to dictate the acceptance process. The absence of rules presents the perfect opportunity to pass on this award by nominating the unique and caring community of women who contribute to the development of this blog. If not for the support, encouragement, and contributions from these women, this blog would not exist today. So, without further ado, the nominees for the Community Heart Award for Bloggers who Care, are:
A few years ago while web surfing for some answers about pap tests/pelvic exams I stumbled upon a comment left by Elizabeth. Her comment was full of information, rang of truth, and turned out to be life changing. I am one of many women who have had their lives changed by Elizabeth. Here is what others have said:
Wow! Thanks Elizabeth for another informative comment, and for sharing this. You deserve a medal for your continuing work in advancing knowledge on this topic and for countering the myths and propaganda designed to scare and coerce women. When I search the internet on this topic, I keep finding news items and blog posts that have “Elizabeth (Australia)” as a commenter. You keep showing up with intelligent rebuttals to the stupid propaganda that is out there. Others who are following this topic likely know this already, but I was amazed by your obvious dedication and commitment. Just wanted you to know that your efforts are noticed and very much appreciated! (F.L.) May 6, 2013 at 5:36 am (Edit)
Elizabeth is a wonderful example of how one person can literally change the world. I can only imagine how many women she saved from fear, harm, pain, agony and depression by opening their eyes on overdiagnosis, overtreatment, medical misinformation and vested interests! Her diligence and determination have no limits for admiration! (Al) May 6, 2013 at 5:47 am (Edit)
Thank you Elizabeth!
Also nominated for the Community Heart Award (in no particular order):
Alice(Australia) , Mary, Chrissy (UK), Chas UK, ADM (Canada), Mint, Si, Diane (US), Yazzmyne, Misty, Kleigh, Kate (UK), OverItAll, Ann (UK), Hexanchus (US), Karen, Alex, Ro, Adawells, Moo, Bethkz, IMustBeSurrounded, Cat&Mouse, Anita UK, Jola, Emily,Victoria, Nancy, Elaine, ColeyX, mgpr2013, Pamela, F.L., Bert, Victoria, and many more who are part of this community. Thank you!
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