Striking out

Striking out This post is the latest in a series chronicling my battle with abdominal adhesions.  Click here to read from beginning Previous post < >Next post I had my 2nd opinion appointment with a surgeon last week.  As hard as I tried to be positive and hoped that this surgeon would be willing to helpContinue reading “Striking out”

Living while waiting instead of waiting to live

Living while waiting instead of waiting to live Have you put your life on hold as you wait for a cure or relief?  Are you hesitant to make plans because you aren’t sure of how you will be feeling physically?  Not only have I done that very thing, but am currently fighting the urge toContinue reading “Living while waiting instead of waiting to live”

Less answers and more frustration

Less answers and more frustration This post is part of my ongoing series chronicling my quest to find some, even if only temporary, relief from abdominal adhesions. Click here to start from the beginning Previous post < This week was a little better than last week.  Not pain wise, but on an emotional level.  IContinue reading “Less answers and more frustration”

What has happened to our healthcare system?

This is part of a series of posts chronicling my quest to receive relief from abdominal adhesions. Click here to read from the beginning  Previous post < > Next post When did it become acceptable to not help patients?  When did drugging them become the go to plan?  When did doctors start giving up onContinue reading “What has happened to our healthcare system?”

Super Mom or a Super Pooped Mom

Are you a Super Mom or a Super Pooped Mom? Chronic illnesses make life difficult.  Those of us who suffer from one are always feeling like we are swimming against the stream.   My illnesses are always getting in the way of what I want and need to do.  Instead of doing the dishes my bodyContinue reading “Super Mom or a Super Pooped Mom”

Failed Colonoscopy

This post is part of a series about my quest to find relief from abdominal adhesions. Click here to read from the beginning. Previous post < > Next post I haven’t had much to write about in regards to my quest to find relief from abdominal adhesions.  Things are kind of at a standstill whileContinue reading “Failed Colonoscopy”

The day most dread is the day I look forward to

For most, Mondays are the most dreaded day of the week.  It marks the beginning of a hectic schedule.  While my friends and family are complaining that the weekend is over, I find myself rejoicing every Monday. Long ago prior to living the chronic life, I also despised Mondays.  I looked forward to relaxing onContinue reading “The day most dread is the day I look forward to”

Small bowel test, otherwise known as Poopoopalooza

This is part 4 of my quest to find relief from abdominal adhesions. <Previous post  Next Post > Click here to read from the beginning. Even though I have a history of abdominal adhesions and am experiencing the exact same symptoms as before, my surgeons feel the need to rule out all digestive issues AGAIN before they willContinue reading “Small bowel test, otherwise known as Poopoopalooza”

Pain acclimation and relief relativity

  You know the phrase “It’s all relative”?  Well, that is how I explain my ever changing tolerance to higher pain levels and how my definition of relief continues to change. Acclimating to pain.  I have lived in many different climates.  With each move my body took time to adjust to the different types of weather. Continue reading “Pain acclimation and relief relativity”

There’s more to Disneyland besides rides

There’s more to Disneyland besides rides I have had several readers ask if it is worth the expense to go to Disneyland if they don’t like or plan on going on rides.  My answer is YES!!  There is so much more to Disneyland besides the rides.  It is entirely possible to spend many days inContinue reading “There’s more to Disneyland besides rides”

My Review of Mo’s Dream Cream and Pain Stick and a discount just for my readers!

I was skeptical about trying out Mo’s Dream Cream and Pain Stick.  While I have tried many natural products in the past that provided little or no relief.  I have had allergic reactions to many as well. In this review, I share my experience with this product.   This post is sponsored by Mo’s Dream Cream.Continue reading “My Review of Mo’s Dream Cream and Pain Stick and a discount just for my readers!”

Being a patient means having to practice patience

Being a patient means having to practice patience <Previous post   Next post> This is part three in my quest for abdominal pain relief. Missed a post? Click here to start from the beginning. My appointment with the general surgeon went better than I expected.  The main reason for this was that he actually listened.  NotContinue reading “Being a patient means having to practice patience”

Round One

Round One <Previous Post   Next Post> Like many past doctor appointments, I left this one in tears.  However, the tears were not the product of frustration or heartbreak, this time the tears I shed were happy tears.  As I explained in my previous post, Preparing for Battle, I had my first appointment to get the ball rollingContinue reading “Round One”

Preparing for battle

Preparing for battle Prior to living with my chronic illnesses, I never feared or worried about doctor appointments.  If something felt odd, I made an appointment, the doctor diagnosed it, and then he fixed it.  Oh how I miss those days.  I am fortunate that since my first chronic diagnosis, many of my health battlesContinue reading “Preparing for battle”

The Ideal Vacation

The Ideal Vacation My chronic illnesses have not only changed the way I live, but they have also changed the way I vacation.  Prior to becoming chronically ill, I would plan for a relaxing trip to break away from my every day hurried life.  Even if I planned for a few adventures, I never hadContinue reading “The Ideal Vacation”

Tips for staying cool this summer

Summer has arrived! I have a love/hate relationship with summer.  My bones appreciate the increase of temperatures, but not my nerves or muscles.  Over the years my level of heat tolerance has decreased. However, I refuse to allow my body to keep me from enjoying this season with these few tips. Go to the beachContinue reading “Tips for staying cool this summer”

Taking off the mask and getting by with a little help from my friends

I have always struggled with asking for help.  Because of this, there have been times in my chronic life that I have felt like it was me against the world.  I would like to say that I have improved and have become better at asking for assistance, but that would be a lie. I stillContinue reading “Taking off the mask and getting by with a little help from my friends”

The Disabled Diva’s Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide

Are chronic conditions or disability keeping you from planning a Disneyland vacation? Guests of Disneyland should enter the gates ready to have fun, not fretting over trying to figure out what they will be able to do or how to navigate Disneyland’s handicapped system. Disneyland’s handicapped system was frustrating even before they made it moreContinue reading “The Disabled Diva’s Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide”

Facing Setbacks with a Positive Attitude

2016 has not been the kindest to me in regards to my physical pain.  I started off the year with a severe cluster flare (several conditions flaring severely at the same time).  I spent the first two and a half months with all or some of my conditions continuously flaring at some level.  I finallyContinue reading “Facing Setbacks with a Positive Attitude”

Realistic Expectations

When making plans it is important to keep our conditions and limitations in mind at all times.   It took me close to 10 years to accept my conditions and to begin planning my daily life around them and a few more years until I began planning outings and vacations with them in mind.  Here are a few tips to help you plan your next getaway:

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