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Life can be tough, but so are you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life with one or more chronic illnesses is tough.

Life with chronic pain is tough.

Life, whether you are chronically ill or not, is tough.

But I have news for you! You are tougher!!!!

Yes, that is right.  I know that there are times when you don’t feel tough.  I also know that there are days when you truly lack physical strength, but that doesn’t mean that you aren’t tough.

As long as you are fighting for your life, looking for ways to improve it, finding joy in every day, and not giving up, YOU ARE TOUGHER THAN YOUR ILLNESS OR CHRONIC PAIN!

I know that taking a nap may feel like your illness has won, but it isn’t true.  You win when you acknowledge that your body needs to rest.  It takes guts to do what your body demands of you, instead of forcing your body to follow your desires.  It takes immense strength to go to physical therapy, to keep trying new treatments, to change your lifestyle, to make healthier choices, and most importantly accept that all these things must be done in order for you to remain strong enough to survive.

Here are three  examples to help you build and maintain the emotional strength that is necessary for living with a chronic illness or pain.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number One: Spend more time with people who lift you up and less with those who bring you down.

Those who constantly remind you of your limitations or are always bringing up your shortcomings, are only going to weaken you.  People who point out your strengths, help you find alternative ways to do things, or just cheer you on when you try something new will build your confidence.  Who are you spending most of your time talking to?

My life isn’t filled with people who understood how difficult living with fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, endometriosis and its fallout, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia is.  The difference between my life then and now is that I choose not to spend much time with those whose favorite word is CAN’T.  The more I hear that I can’t do something, the more I believe that I can’t do anything.  I may not be able to do everything the way I used to, but I CAN find new ways to do what I want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number Two: Seek counseling

I am not talking about joining a social media support group.  Those are okay to meet other people who “get” it, but not for truly dealing with your fears and life choices.  Nor is it fair to expect your family or spouse to be the ones to counsel you.  There are many options available for counseling depending upon your needs.

 If You Need A Crisis Hotline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) – 1-800-662-4357
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) – 1-800-656-4673

Lifeline Crisis Chat
Veterans Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255 (Press Option #1)
National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233
MentalHelp.net (An American Addiction Centers Resource) – 1-866-308-2184
NAMI Helpline (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – 1-800-950-6264

And for those wanting regular therapy with a licensed therapist, but either have crappy healthcare coverage or none, and have either transportation issues or are just in too much pain to travel one or more days a week, Online-Therapy.com offers therapy when and where you want it.

My readers save 20% when they enroll via my affiliate link.  Click here to check them out and enroll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number Three: Start envisioning your future WITH your chronic illness.

I know that you are hoping and praying for a cure. I am too…. But the reality is that our chronic illnesses are most likely going to be with us for the rest of our lives, especially for those of us over 50. If your chronic illness isn’t included in all of your future dreams and plans, your future will be filled with disappointment. Not only that you, but you will be unprepared for the hard times that await you. Sorry to sound like a Debbie downer, but living with your head in the clouds waiting for life to magically be transformed will only lead to more heartbreak.

When you envision a future that includes your chronic illness, you aren’t giving up. Instead you will grow stronger because your mind will be focused on figuring out what you will be able to do, making alternative plans, or finding a different way to do what you had originally planned for. Will things go wrong? Of course they will! Do you know anyone who hasn’t had anything go wrong in their life? I don’t! The difference is that you will be better prepared.

I know you are tough, because if you weren’t you wouldn’t be reading this blog post. If you are feeling like you are stuck in your life, take a deep breath, assess your situation, make plans to move forward, and never forget that you are a warrior!

Therapy when you need it, where you want it…. ****** Save 20% when you click here to enroll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Three ways I relieve chronic pain at Disneyland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After California legalized cannabis for recreational use in January of 2018, (it has been legal for medicinal use since 1996), Disneyland added marijuana and CBD to its list of items not permitted into their theme parks.  I will share my thoughts on this subject another day, but for today I want to share what I bring with me to get through a day in the parks without medical marijuana or CBD products.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

Whether I was sitting in my wheelchair all day or walking everywhere as I do now, my spine takes a beating and must be tended to all day long.  To minimize swelling around my spine and in my hips I use a drug-free pain-relief device called Oska Pulse.  This little beauty is what made it possible for me to retire my wheelchair last year. It uses pulsed electromagnetic fields to reduce inflammation and pain like nothing I have ever tried.   While there are many PEMF therapy products available, this is the only one that is portable and safe to use wherever and whenever you want.  Click here to learn more about Oska Pulse.  FYI: As an Oska Pulse affiliate, I am able to offer you a discount of $55.00 when you enter my promotional code DIVA at checkout!

Click here to discover all the different pains and symptoms that this device has either greatly reduced or eliminated. Click here to visit Oska Wellness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The downside to only treating pain with Oska Pulse is that when I am in the parks, I need to address pain in more than one area of my body.  When my lower back and knees flare at the same time, I often (especially in the cooler months) place my PEMF device above the worst knee and a Thermacare heat wrap at the base of my spine.  In warmer months I will place my Oska Pulse near my spine and use icepacks on my knees.  Heat wraps help relax my back muscles and provide comfort and relief.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last, but not least, I bring along a blend of essential oils formulated for pain relief such as Mend.  While not as powerful as my CBD infused oils, they do help relax muscles and reduce pain well enough to keep me from having to leave earlier than I had planned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leave all CBD and cannabis products at home, in your car, or hotel room.  It is my hope that one day, as long as the guest can provide their medical marijuana certification, guests may be allowed to medicate with it in the parks, with the exception of flower because there are alternatives.  But until then, let’s respect Disneyland’s policy and find other ways to keep our pain levels low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Favorite Pain Relief Device Just Got Better!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

As you may already know, I have been successfully reducing pain and inflammation from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, and coccydynia with PEMF therapy. I use a portable device called Oska Pulse and run treatments on my pain sources all day long, every day, no matter where I am or what I am doing.

My device, which is the original version runs 30 minute treatment sessions. Having to turn it on every 30 minutes has been one of my complaints, especially when napping. I and many others requested a longer treatment running time and my friends at Oska Wellness listened. From this day forward, the drug free pain relief device that people like me are falling in love with every day now has a 90 minute treatment time and extended battery life!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you were waiting to get one, now is the time!!! The latest version sells for the same price as its predecessor, $399, but you can get it for $344 when you use my discount code DIVA at checkout.

Click here to order your device today and don’t forget that discount code DIVA will save you $55 off the new device!

Click here to discover all the different ways that Oska Pulse has improved my chronic life. It has done more than relieve chronic pain, it has reduced the frequency and severity of my migraines, sinus pain, bouts with bronchitis, and more…..

Click here to compare Oska Pulse with other PEMF products

What are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose but pain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Recap 1/5/2019

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly recap:

Say Goodbye to 2018
My New Year’s Wish For You!
Quit or Modify? The Choice is Yours!
Two Things You Must Know About Planning
The Disabled Diva’s Winter Workout Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ten Simple Resolutions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having trouble committing to a New Year’s resolution?

Here are ten simple resolutions that when kept, will make a big impact on your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. I resolve to forgive myself when I screw up!

You are human! You are going to make mistakes! Make restitution and let yourself move on. Forever punishing yourself for a mistake you make that either wasn’t a big deal or happened ages ago will prevent you from moving forward and making better decisions.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. I resolve to exercise daily

Everyone is able to exercise to some degree.  No, I am not suggesting that someone who is unable to walk for more than five minutes go for a 5 mile run, but instead to find a form of exercise that they can do.  If walking is not your thing you could try yoga, Pilates, stretching, or water aerobics.  The point is to make an effort to move your body every day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. I resolve to unfollow negative people on social media

If the people you follow on social media are the cause of unnecessary stress, anger, or sadness it is time to let them go!! Your mental health is important and if seeing negative posts is affecting your attitude it is time to do something about it.  What? You are worried about offending your friends or a family member?  At least on Facebook, you can unfollow someone without unfriending them.  By doing this you will still remain Facebook buddies, but you won’t see their posts in your feed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. I resolve to accept compliments by saying thank you and nothing more

What is your response when someone tells you that you look beautiful today?  Do you say that it was the result of layers of makeup or that you just got lucky and had a good hair day?  Or do accept the compliment with a simple thank you.  Stop putting yourself down after being complimented and just say thanks!

Combined with my other pain management treatments, this drug-free pain-relief device decreases chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and more like nothing I have ever tried. Click here to learn about how it has helped me AND click here to learn more about how this device works. As always, my discount code DIVA will save you $55.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. I resolve to stop comparing myself to others

Seriously, stop it!! Everyone is different.  Not everyone has the same health issues, money woes, relationship drama, or life challenges.  Even if you have something in common with another person, you still won’t have the same experience or be following the same journey.  Worry about what you can do, not about being able to do what your neighbor is doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. I resolve to make my health a priority

Take care of you! This includes mental and physical health.  Besides following your treatment protocol and pain management plan, be sure you are practicing self-care. Pushing yourself to the point of having to go to the emergency room because your pain level spiraled out of control is not making your health a priority.  Pacing and taking precautions will result in more time spent having fun and less time in the hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  I resolve to try new things

Are you bored with your life?  Try a new hobby or look into a career change. If your current treatment or pain management plan isn’t working, try something new.  Talk to your doctor and see what is available or talk to him/her about alternative/natural options.  Don’t give up just because everything you have tried up until now hasn’t helped or worked out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. I resolve to focus on what I can do instead of what I can’t

By focusing on what you can’t do you open the floodgates of all that is negative in your life to flood your mind.  Before you know it negativity takes over your mind and life.  It is okay to look at what you can’t do for research purposes and to find ways to do it differently, just don’t forget to think about what you can do.  Thinking about what you are capable of can also help you when trying to find solutions to what you can’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. I resolve to complain less

How often do you complain? Weekly? Daily? Hourly? Every minute?  One trick to help curb how often you complain is to counter every complaint you make with two positive thoughts.  You will either become accustomed to finding something positive to say and think OR you will tire of doing it and just shut up.  Either way you win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. I resolve to find something to be thankful for each and every day

If you are not used to finding something to be thankful on a daily basis, you may find it difficult at first.  I found it helpful to journal my reasons.  By doing this I was able to look back and be reminded of the good things in my life whenever I had a tough day.

Which resolution will you choose?

Want a bonus resolution?

How about I resolve to make chronic pain my bitch???!!!!

Click here if you are ready to begin dominating your chronic life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My New Year’s Wish For You!

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we begin a new chapter in our lives, I want to share my wish for you.

My wish is quite simple, yet at the same time most complicated.

In a nutshell, my wish is for you to make chronic pain your bitch!

I want you to take control over your life and health.  To work with your illnesses and around your limitations. To live a wonderful life despite being chronically ill.  I wish that you would let go of what is holding you back, this includes the fear of trying something new. I want you to love your life as much as I love mine.

To do it, you will need some tools!

Here are a few blog posts to help you start 2019 on the right foot:

Say Goodbye to 2018

Twelve ways to improve your chronic life

Resolutions without plans are just words

Chronic Attitude

An Extra Fabulous New Year

2018 Will Be a Fabulous Year If… (Still relevant today)

Ten simple resolutions

And last but not least, be motivated, inspired, and encouraged to take charge of your life in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Ways to Improve Your Chronic Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Ways to Improve Your Chronic Life

Every year I see hundreds if not thousands of posts on social media from people with chronic illnesses wishing for a better new year.  Their wishes for less pain, more energy, and for an easier life are not unreasonable.  The problem is that they are just that, wishes……..   Today I am going to share 12 ways to make them a reality.

*Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and am NOT issuing medical advice.  I am sharing my opinions, thoughts, and experiences. You should always confer with a medical professional when considering changes to your medical or pain management plan.  This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook Groups.

1.  Identify dietary triggers

You may have heard about keto, paleo, low fodmap, and other diets, but there is not a one size fits all diet that helps reduce pain from your particular chronic illness.  You may not need to cut out an entire food group, instead you may find that it is a certain ingredient or additive that you need to avoid.  I tried and failed to experience relief from multiple diets.  What helped me find my triggers was to journal what I ate and drank and compared that information to how I was feeling.  You can find details about how I did this in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life.

2. Move your body

I know being told to exercise is the last thing you want to hear, but as I have learned, lack of movement only increases chronic pain in my hips and spine.  Movement really is necessary.  Now before you close this tab, hear me out….. I am in no way suggesting that you begin with intense workouts at the gym or going for 5 mile walks every day.  What I am suggesting is that you find ways to move your body that doesn’t increase your pain.  Before I was able to walk for miles, I had to start with what I was able to do, which at that time was one or two five minute walks a day.  There is nothing wrong with having to do seated yoga, tai chi, or simple stretches.  Click here to discover another fun way to incorporate movement into your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Listen to your body

Do you feel like you spend all of your time recovering from every activity or outing?  Listening to your body could decrease that time.  Rest when your body wants to rest.  Unless you have to keep a set schedule, nap and sleep when your body demands.  Pace yourself by breaking large tasks down into sets of smaller amounts of time.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Utilize mobility aids

If walking or standing for extended periods of time are forcing you to stay home instead of going out, it is time to start using a mobility aid.  Seriously, get over yourself and do something your body will thank you for.  Click here to read about what helped me get past the stigma of using a mobility aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Ask for help

Put your pride aside and ask for assistance!!! Stop assuming that people know your needs.  Just as difficult as it is for our friends and family members to understand our complex chronic illnesses, it is just as difficult to know how to help us.  Most don’t want to insult us, while others truly have no clue, so do everyone a favor and speak up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Plan with your chronic illness/pain in mind

Always consider your chronic illness and pain when scheduling appointments, outings, and social events.  I like to think of mine as invisible traveling companions.  Click here to see how this mindset helps me plan, prepare, and enjoy traveling with my chronic illnesses.

7. Stop living your old life

If you haven’t made changes to how you live your life, it is time to do it!  I know you want to show your chronic illness who is in charge and that you are hopeful that you’ll be cured in the near future, but let’s get real, it is NOT going to happen.  I too want a cure, but not making changes to how I lived until that day comes would be a huge mistake.  The only thing living my life the way I did before becoming chronically ill only resulted in more pain and less time enjoying life.  Putting my pride aside and making changes decreased my pain level and allows me to spend most of my time seeking adventure.  Need help recognizing the changes you need to make?  Check out my eBook to figure out what they are and be challenged to made them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Stop comparing yourself to others

How often do you find yourself comparing your life to others?  STOP!!! There is no comparison.  Even if you are comparing yourself with people who have the same chronic illness, there is no comparison.  Another person you may not have realized that you are comparing yourself to is the old you….. Life changes whether you like it or not, get over it, adjust, and move on.

9. Try something new

For twelve years I did everything the same and for twelve years the quality of my life plummeted. It wasn’t until I allowed myself to try new ways to combat chronic pain that I finally experienced a lower level of pain.  By permitting myself to do things differently than I did in the past I opened the door to a new and better life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Don’t give up

I see too many people give up after they discover that they are unable to do something the same way that they did before becoming chronically ill.  Stop it!!! Don’t give up! Get creative and find new ways to do what you love.  Need help?  Click here!

11. Embrace the tools available

There are so many different tools and devices to make our lives easier.  Stop resisting them and put them to use.  Whether it be a mobility aid or assistive devices to make getting around your home safer, be thankful that they are available to use.

 

 

12. Take care of your mental health

Living with a chronic illness or in constant physical pain takes a toll on your mind as well as your body. I am no stranger to therapy and highly recommend seeing a therapist if you are struggling.  Our illnesses and pain often trigger bouts of anxiety and depression.  Let us not forget the fact that we need to mourn our old life and figure out a future that includes our illnesses/pain. The good news is that you don’t have to do it on your own. If pain or lack of insurance coverage is keeping you from seeing a therapist, you may be interested in Online-Therapy.comOnline-Therapy.com is a service that gives you more access to a therapist for less than what it would cost under many insurance plans.  Caring for your emotional health is the most important thing you can do to improve your life.

 

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