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Walking with Purpose

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Walking with Purpose

I wasn’t walking anywhere six years ago. In fact, I could barely take the few necessary steps from my bed to the bathroom without breaking down in tears from the excruciating pain it caused. I felt useless and hopeless. But just like the picture below says, there was and is HOPE! Thankfully instead of ending my life, I reached out for help. Part of what gave me hope was taking a different approach to how I dealt with my chronic pain. The changes I made six years ago saved my life. The new additions to my pain management plan added in November of 2016 allows me to help others in ways I never imagined possible. But this post is not about my pain management plan, click here to read about that, this post is about how regaining my ability to walk without pain has given me purpose and provides hope for me and others.

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Making Every Step Count

Whether I am using my rollator or walking without a mobility aid, I am walking with purpose. It started with my physical and mental health. As the distance I was able to walk increased, my body and mind felt better. It felt great to do something that my doctors had given no hope of ever doing again. Now that I see that my pain relief isn’t a fluke or short term remission, I feel confident in committing to helping others by putting one foot in front of the other.

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Choosing a Cause

Choosing my first walk to raise money and awareness for was actually easy. The cause I chose was suicide prevention. My reasons for choosing it are many. First, there was my own desire to commit suicide six years ago. Next was my continuing battle with depression. Although I am much better than I was, depression is an ugly beast that lies below the surface waiting to taunt me or persuade me to believe that I am worthless. Several members of my family have lost friends to depression and suicide earlier this year. Choosing suicide prevention and support for those left behind was a no brainer. As someone who walks a thin line when it comes to revisiting my past demons, I cannot provide the support that people who have lost someone to suicide need. But the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention can and does.

A Worthy Cause

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention‘s mission is to save lives and to bring hope to those affected by suicide by following five core strategies:
1. Fund scientific research
2. Offer educational programs for professionals
3. Educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
4. Promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
5. Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation

 

A Cause I will Always Support

I am glad that I chose to raise money and awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention this year and will do so again next year. Yep, get ready to get blasted with social media posts asking for your support next year!! Besides knowing that the money raised will be used to help saves lives, this event showed me how much they care about those who have been affected by suicide.  The event itself was family friendly.  People, young and old were in attendance.  The location was suitable for people of all physical abilities.  There were strollers, wheelchairs, rollators, and best of all tons of dogs!!! There were free beads for people to wear that represented what they were there for.  Whether it be a personal struggle, loss of a loved one, or for no other reason than supporting this fantastic foundation.  There was a booth to make bracelets in honor of a loved one and another to make a sign stating who they were walking for.  As I sit here writing this blog post this evening, my heart aches thinking about all the people who gathered this morning.  Seeing how many people have been affected by either the loss of a loved one who committed suicide or who have or are currently battling depression or another mental illness was eye opening.  And this was just one event, in one state, in one county, in one city, in one park…..  Imagine if we could see everyone else across the country or even around the world?

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Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram.  Also don’t forget to subscribe to The Disabled Diva to receive email updates on how you can join and help me support worthy causes like this one.

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Halloween at Disneyland

It is Halloween time at Disneyland!

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Are you ready for a spooktakular season of haunted rides, attractions, and snacks?  Join my family and I as we dive into the Halloween season at Disneyland.  We will be in the parks at least once a week throughout the Halloween season to give you updates on accessibility, new attractions, and tell you which tasty morsels are worth planning a trip for.

You can follow our adventure by following Disneyability on Instagram and for even more information we invite you to join our Facebook group Disneyability.

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that at no additional cost to you, this site earns a few pennies when you make a purchase through our links, which offset the expense of running our blog and website.

Who are we?

I, The Disabled Diva, my daughter Abi, and husband Drew have been annual passholders since 2014.  Drew and I both began visiting Disneyland in the mid-eighties and Abi was 3 years old on her first visit.  Our Facebook group is filled with people who have been visiting the parks all of their lives, are planning their first trip, and somewhere in between.  Some of us have physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, or special needs.  Some use a wheelchair, motorized scooter, rollator, cane, and/or have a service animal.  Not all topics are related to health issues.  We also discuss how to visit the parks on a budget and how to plan the perfect trip.  Most of all we are group of people who call Disneyland HOME.

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Don’t forget to fill your backpack with snacks and any other necessities.

What to look forward to

There is tons to look forward to this Halloween season!  From Sept. 7th thru Oct. 31, 2018 the parks will be filled with spooky fun lights, characters donning their Halloween costumes, delightful treats, and more attractions will have received a holiday makeover.  In addition to Ghost Galaxy (Space Mountain), Haunted Mansion Holiday (Nightmare before Christmas), and Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark TWO more rides are getting Halloween makeovers!!!! You won’t want to miss Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween and Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree!

We will be sharing everything you need to know about enjoying all the festivities on Instagram and our FB group! Have a question? Ask in the comments, in our FB group, or on our Instagram page.  We want everyone to have as much fun as we do!

Join our FB group see everything that is going on!

September is Pain Awareness Month

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September is pain awareness month.

Throughout the month I will be sharing different ways to reduce or alleviate chronic pain.

*Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission when you make a purchase thru my links.

One of my favorite pain relief options is PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse from Oska Wellness. Here are a few reasons that I love this wonderful little piece of technology. It is convenient; I am able to administer treatment wherever and whenever I choose. There are no side-effects! How many pain relief treatments have you tried that didn’t create more issues?! Last but not least, it WORKS!! My beautiful blue device reduces and eliminates inflammation and pain like nothing I have ever tried before. Since combining it with the other components of my pain management plan, I have been able to achieve relief I never thought possible and have been living a full and active life. But don’t just take my word for it, check out what others have to say on their testimonial page.
Another reason I love Oska Wellness is that they are committed to helping people feel better! This month and this month only, Oska Wellness will be donating $10 to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association for every Oska Pulse sold! This foundation works to unite patients, policy makers, and healthcare, medical and scientific communities to transform lives through visionary support, advocacy, research and education of fibromyalgia and chronic pain illnesses.

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And it gets better! When you enter promo code DIVA at checkout or purchase through this link, you SAVE $55!!! So, you save money, the Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association gets a donation, and you will benefit from the best pain and inflammation reducing product available!!

Still not convinced that Oska Pulse is right for you?

Join my Alternative Pain Fighting Forum where I have tons of third party reports about the device.

Click here to discover how it has helped me. I began documenting my progress on my blog soon after I began using it daily.

And last but not least….. click here to visit Oska Wellness yourself!

Don’t forget DIVA saves you $55!

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How CBD Helped Me Quit Smoking

How CBD Helped Me Quit Smoking

How CBD Helped Me Q tw

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Disclosure: I am not a medical professional. I am not issuing medical advice. I am just sharing my experience. This post contains affiliate links, meaning that at no cost to you I receive a small commission when you make a purchase from them.

Whether you smoke, vape, or chew it, nicotine is never good for your health. Nicotine can cause dangerous health issues with your lungs, heart, gastrointestinal system, and more. I was a smoker for most of my life. I began smoking when I was a teen and unsuccessfully tried to quit numerous times throughout my adult years. With my 50th birthday nearing I began evaluating everything I was doing for my health because I plan to live for another 54 years! While I have made great strides in cleaning up my diet and incorporating daily exercise into my life, I was still smoking cigarettes. Because of other health improvements, it became easy for me to notice the negative effects that smoking was having on my body. Then finally one morning I had had enough and said “NO MORE!”

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I knew that if I really wanted to quit this time I would have to avoid methods I tried in the past. This meant that cutting back or going cold turkey wasn’t the answer. The trouble with cutting back is that as long as I knew I had cigarettes around, I would smoke them. Then I would buy another pack and lie to myself by saying I would only have one or two a day. In the past going cold turkey turned me into a raving lunatic. I would become so irritable and nasty that my family would actually beg me to smoke a cigarette!

Months prior to quitting for good, I had begun vaping medical marijuana and CBD. Until that point, I had been medicating with edibles, tinctures, or smoking it. I found comfort in vaping, it was like smoking but without the smell. It was also less time consuming and more affordable than smoking. A quick toke here and there and I was good to go. Vaping also satisfied another issue, I liked how it felt to hold a cigarette, inhale from it, and exhale smoke. I found vape pens that looked and felt like a cigarette. Recognizing that I would need to wean myself off of nicotine, I also purchased a few nicotine cartridges.

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Within the first few weeks, my craving for nicotine disappeared. However, my desire to smoke whenever I wanted to relax or if I felt anxious or stressed was strong. Not wanting to continue buying nicotine cartridges, I began taking one or two hits of CBD whenever the urge to buy and smoke a pack of smokes overtook me. Within seconds of exhaling a calmness would come over me and I no longer felt the need to smoke.

It has been three months since I quit. While not the first time I have attempted to quit, it will be my last. I only reach for my CBD cartridge when I need it, which believe it or not isn’t every day!! You may be wondering why if I had been using CBD for years wasn’t I able to quit smoking long ago. The reason is that I wasn’t listening to my body or recognizing why I was craving a cigarette. Now I know, I know when I need it to help me focus or to overcome a craving. Another difference is that by using a vape pen it is easy to keep with me and use at all times.

Would you like to learn more about CBD?  Click here for expert information.

Click here for a list of my preferred CBD products.

Click here to check out my Facebook groups

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Migraines Suck Less With PEMF

Migraine Relief Without a Prescription

If you suffer from migraines you have most likely treated them with a prescription or over the counter medication.  That is how I used to treat my migraines, that is until I was introduced to a fabulous drug-free pain relief device that changed not just how I treated them, but how they impacted my life.

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How I used to ride out a migraine

* I am not a doctor or medical professional.  I am NOT issuing medical advice.  All opinions, thoughts, and experiences are mine and mine alone. This post contains affiliate links.  Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission when you click thru or purchase products through my links. 

The picture above is how I used to ride out a migraine. The picture below this paragraph is how I get through them now.  What’s the difference?  The difference is in how I treat migraines.

 

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First migraine in over 8 months and I was not sentenced to bed.

In the beginning

I began experiencing debilitating migraines early on in my chronic life.  However, they weren’t frequent and weren’t as disruptive to my life as my other chronic illnesses were until 2011.  At that time they began occurring on a weekly basis.  The pain was so intense that I couldn’t open my eyes if my life had depended on it.  Over the counter migraine medication would knock me out for hours, if not for the entire day.  I would need days to recover from each episode and the meds always left me feeling groggy.

A new way of living

After trying medical marijuana in 2012, I knew that I no longer wanted to treat any of my chronic illnesses with pharmaceutical medication unless absolutely necessary.  After fully detoxing from my medications, I began treating all of my symptoms and pains with cannabis.  Immediately, the number of migraines I experienced decreased dramatically.  From that point on, the only time I suffered from one was when an extreme heatwave or a storm front would push through.  Thankfully we don’t experience either one too often here in southern California.  While no longer losing a few days of my life every week or month, I would still lose 2-3 days every time a major weather disturbance hit.  Having them occur less often wasn’t the only perk, the intensity of my migraines began to lessen as well.

Meeting my pain relief soul mate

In December of 2016, I was asked to try PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse.  PEMF therapy uses pulsed electromagnetic fields to reduce pain and inflammation without dangerous drugs or side effects.  While skeptical, I gave it a try.  To my surprise, it worked!!! At first, I used it to treat inflammation in my joints.  After a few months, I began using it full time to relieve abdominal pain caused by adhesions (the result of endometriosis and surgical scarring).  As you can read in my series (click here to read), Oska Pulse also relieved pain in my feet and sacrum from psoriatic arthritis.  But something even more amazing happened after more months of use, I began experiencing fewer weather-related migraines and after a year of continuous use, the most I would get knocked down for was one day! Today marks 17 months since I began using this drug-free pain relief device daily.  My current migraine is the first that I have had in over 8 months! Other than a 60-minute nap, I have not been confined to my bed.  I may not have the energy to go to the beach or Disneyland, but I have been able to sit and work at my desk each day.

If your migraines are keeping you in bed or causing you to lose days and weeks of your life, I encourage you to research PEMF therapy and see if it might help you. Click here to read third party reports about PEMF therapy and migraine relief.

As disclosed above, I am an affiliate with Oska Wellness.  This benefits you because when you enter my promo code DIVA at checkout you will save $55.00!

Learn more about natural and alternative pain relief options in my Facebook group The Disabled Diva’s Alternative Pain Fighting Forum: Click here to join

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How much do you know about CBD?

I am sure by now you have heard of CBD.  You may have heard how it has helped someone with their chronic pain, nausea, depression, anxiety, seizures, etc., but nothing from your doctors.  Your doctor may have never mentioned it or dismissed it when you asked about it. I and others who have benefitted from medicating with CBD, could talk until we were blue in the face about CBD and how it helped us and  you would still have unanswered questions.  So where does one turn to get those questions answered?

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Thankfully my good friends at Green Flower Media have put together a guide to CBD.  Click here to learn more about CBD and its amazing health benefits.  Since not everyone has access to a medical marijuana dispensary where high quality CBD is usually sold, I am sharing my top three favorite CBD products that can be purchased online.

Bio CBD+

Bio CBD+ is one of my favorite CBD companies for several reasons.  The first is that their products work!! The second is that because they are so strong, stronger than other CBD products available online, a little goes a long way. I share more reasons in my product reviews.

Click here to read my reviews of their topical oil, capsules, and vape and find out all of the reasons I love this CBD company!

Click here to visit Bio CBD+

Triniti CBD

Triniti CBD addresses an issue many have with CBD oils; the taste!!! Not everyone likes the taste of CBD oils, to be honest I couldn’t stand the taste when I began using them.  Over time I got used to it, but not everyone does.  For those who really want to utilize CBD for its amazing health benefits, but just can’t put one more awful tasting drop into their mouths, Triniti offers flavors!!

Click here to read my review.

Click here to visit Triniti CBD

NuLeaf

Most CBD manufactures only offer their tinctures in one size.  Not NuLeaf!  They offer theirs in various sizes to fit your budget and needs.  I am in the process of writing a review for this awesome company and will insert it when it is done.  For now I will say this, it works wonderfully for anxiety and depression.  Same goes for their pet version! My anxious Chihuahua was calm and relaxed the last time my neighbors decided to set off fireworks!

Click here to visit NuLeaf

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CBD for Pets

It is no secret that I treat my pets the same as I do myself, with natural and alternative treatments.  I give my cats and dog CBD for various reasons.  My dog takes it for anxiety, one of our not so nice kitties takes it for anger issues, and our twenty-something and eighteen year old cats take it for chronic pain.

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If you are looking for a CBD product for your pet I suggest that you try one of the following:

Charlotte’s Web

Canna-Pet

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