How to plan the best summer vacation despite your chronic illness

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How to plan the best summer vacation despite your chronic illness

Does the thought of taking a summer vacation get you excited or does it send chills down your spine?Β  I loved traveling before I became chronically ill.Β  In addition to yearly Disneyland vacations, I loved exploring new areas in other states or within the ones that I lived in.Β  Weekend road trips without a destination were my favorites.
Soon after chronic pain became a part of my daily life I began to loathe traveling.

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Why taking a post trip vacation is necessary for my chronic body

Many of us are exhausted before we hop in the car or board our flights.Β  The time spent doing laundry, packing, and planning our excursions decreases and sometimes depletes our already limited energy supply. Then there is the trip itself.Β  No matter how relaxing of a getaway I plan, it is always tiring

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unpack your unrealistic vacation expectations

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Unpack Your Unrealistic Vacation Expectations

Living with multiple chronic conditions has changed many things in my life, including what I expect from a vacation.Β Psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and endometriosis often create havoc before, during, and after each trip.Β  I may not be able to escape my conditions for a week, but I can still have a fabulous getaway by having realistic expectations.Β  Here are five unrealistic vacation expectations and how I turned them around.

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Live the life you have

Someone very near and dear to me has been living with various undiagnosed chronic pains and symptoms of many chronic pain conditions for close to two years.Β  There was a time when she and everyone else, including me, had hoped that she had something that was temporary or that could be cured.Β  But that doesn’t seem to be the case and we are now just waiting for her doctors to come to the correct diagnosis.Β  As I have suspected for quite sometime, her doctors are now leaning towards an incurable chronic condition, because of this I have been gently encouraging her to let go of expecting that her that her life will one day return to normal.Β  While I fully understand that nobody wants to hear that they will never live the way they used, it is one of the most important pieces of advice that I can offer. The sooner one lets go of the notion of living like

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