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The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap April 1-5, 2019

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The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap April 1-5, 2019

  1. White Widow Marijuana Strain Review: Cannabis posts are now password protected.  Click here to learn how to access them.  
  2. How to plan the best summer vacation despite your chronic illness
  3. Arnica Salve Review
  4. Choosing a Mobility Aid That Fits Your Needs and Lifestyle  
  5. Looking for new slippers? Click here for a selection that is fun and comfy!

  New Deals!

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The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap March 25-29, 2019

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The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap March 25-29, 2019


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Cookie Monster Strain Review

Keeping My Chronic Illnesses Happy While Fighting an Infection

Is Your Social Circle Filled With Energy Sucking Vampires?

Save on natural gut health products! Sale ends Sunday at midnight PST.

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Keeping My Chronic Illnesses Happy While Fighting an Infection

Keeping my chronic illnesses happy while fighting an infection









Keeping My Chronic Illnesses Happy While Fighting an Infection

If you are like me, every illness and injury that you experience comes with a side dish of unwanted flares from your chronic illnesses.  That has been my story for as long as I can remember… Until now….

For the first time in my entire chronic life, I have been able to keep my chronic illnesses from completely freaking out while I am recovering from an infection that is unrelated to fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, degenerative disc disease, and abdominal adhesions.

How can this be?

In today’s very short post I am sharing how I am doing it…..

*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.

Listen and obey

If I have learned anything about my body and living with multiple chronic illnesses, it is that I have to listen to my body’s demands.

If it wants to sleep, I sleep.  To help me sleep comfortably, not just for the moment, but to wake up with less pain I use a foam wedge, neck, full body, and knee pillow.  When using the full body pillow, I use the knee pillow for my ankles.  I literally hurts to have any part of my legs or feet to touch each other when I sleep, especially when I am running a fever.

Lying in bed for extended periods of time increases pain in my sacrum and spine.  To avoid any unnecessary pain, I run PEMF treatments on those areas with my Oska Pulse.

When fighting an illness outside of my chronic ones, I throw my regular schedule out the window.  I do not force myself to do more than I can handle, before I am ready to do it.

Stay ahead of the game

Besides allowing my body the rest and sleep that it requires, I make sure to address pain issues before they become a problem.

Dehydration only makes the situation worse, so I force myself to drink plenty of water.

To help keep my muscles relaxed I use Good Night Lotion on my legs and feet.  I alternate between  BioCBD+ topical oil and Earthley’s Arnica Salve to relieve pain from my temples down to my toes.

When I have the energy, I take a bath with hemp bath bombs for extra comfort.

To stay ahead of nausea, I vape my favorite cannabis strains with my new dry herb vaporizer (review coming soon).

The most important thing I do is to not stress out about the time my body needs to heal.  Stress is a huge trigger for most of my chronic illnesses.  By remaining calm and accepting that my life isn’t going to fall apart in the days my body needs to heal, I prevent further complications from the symptoms that stress triggers.

I may not have gotten ahead on the projects that I had hoped to over the past few days, but I have caught up on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, General Hospital, and Coronation Street.  I watch them all on HULU where I never have to worry about setting a DVR and am able to watch my favorite shows without commercials.  Click here if you want to try HULU for FREE for two weeks.

With each passing day I can feel myself getting better and stronger…

In the meantime, how do you keep your chronic illnesses calm while healing from an infection or injury?




The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap March 18-22, 2019

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The Disabled Diva Blog Weekend Recap March 18-22, 2019

Spring Clean Your Chronic Life: Scour Your Social Media Feed


Unpack your unrealistic vacation expectations

Spring Clean Your Calendar and make room for your chronic illness

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Spring Clean Your Chronic Life








Think spring cleaning only involves giving your home a good cleaning?

Think again!

Disinfect Your Diet

Clean up your personal care products

Spruce up your view!

Spring Cleaning doesn’t have to be painful

Sanitize your social circle

Five ways to make your home chronically safe and friendly

Scrub away negative thoughts

Spring Clean your social media feed

Cleanse your calendar!



Spring Clean: Disinfect Your Diet








Disinfect Your Diet

Now, before you roll your eyes and think “oh great another eat your way to health blog post”, understand that I do not believe that diet alone can cure or improve a disease, chronic or otherwise.  I do however, believe that everybody could feel a little better or at the very least, not any sicker, if they would hunt down their dietary triggers and avoid them.

Whether you have a chronic illness or not, whether you think food is contributing to chronic pain and fatigue or not, everyone should take a look at what they are eating.

*Disclosure: I am not a medical professional. I am not issuing medical advice. Consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or treatments. This post contains affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from purchases made through my links. These pennies fund the giveaway funds for my Facebook Groups.

I am not pushing an all juice diet or cleanse.

I am not suggesting that everyone should be vegans or vegetarians.

I am not suggesting that everyone cut out gluten, dairy, meat, etc.

Instead I am going to share a simple plan that I used to identify my food triggers.


Log it

Create a spreadsheet or use a journal to record everything you eat.

Record daily, how you feel when you wake up, midday, and in the evening.

Note how many hours of sleep you achieved and how you slept.  Did you need a nap?

How is your mental health? Note what made you happy/sad/depressed/anxious/etc.










Find the culprit

Refer to your food journal whenever you notice that you’re experiencing increased pain, inflammation, rashes, headaches and/or fatigue.

If you have noted a day with increased inflammation, look at what you at before you noticed.

Compare that with the days prior and after to see if it happened again.  If it did, compare what you ate.

You may be someone who doesn’t feel the effect of a food right away.  In that case you may want to look back a day or two.

If a particular type of food doesn’t jump out, look at the ingredients of what you ate instead.  There was a time when I thought I had a gluten intolerance, yet it didn’t make sense because not every gluten product bothered me.  I researched further to discover why.  The results were that I didn’t have a gluten intolerance, but instead high fructose syrup turned out to be my fatigue/inflammation/pain trigger.






Cut it out

Once you find the food type or ingredient that your body doesn’t tolerate, you will want to eliminate it.  In my case, I didn’t have to give up bread products.  I do however have to make sure that any baked goods I do eat wasn’t made with high fructose syrup.  I find it best to play it safe and avoid it when in doubt.


Diets are not one size fits all.  Not everyone should avoid dairy, meat, baked goods, etc…  However, to speed up the process of finding your triggers you may want to follow a restrictive diet at first.  This will limit how many different foods and ingredients that you are having to compare.

I would give each diet at least two weeks before adding other foods back in.  Here are a few diets you may wish to try:


I chose to start with where I was at and how I was living, by not following any specific diet.  Personally, I found it faster and easier.  Another plus is it was a real reflection of how I ate and lived.  My results showed that I experienced more pain, inflammation, and fatigue when I consumed high fructose syrup, artificial coloring and flavoring, and high levels of citric acid.  I further discuss this process in my ebook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life

Choosing to avoid your triggers isn’t going to cure you, but it will make your life less painful than it has to be.

What foods or ingredients are triggering your chronic symptoms?

March Madness Fitness Challenge








Are you ready for this month’s fitness challenge?

I am!!!

Before I dish out the March Madness Fitness Challenge rules, I want to invite anyone who hasn’t joined The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies to do it now!! Click here to join!

Who can join? Anybody who wants accountability to meet their fitness goals.

Is it only for those who have a diagnosed chronic illness or pain?  No.  Although the group members are mostly chronically ill, that is not a requirement.  Why? Because this group is not about who can do what or who can do the most, it is about giving people a safe place to start slow and hopefully find a daily goal they can stick with.

This group does not judge your ability based on your chronic illness or disability. We support each other through good and bad times.

This group is not for competing against other members, seeing who can lose the most weight the fastest, or for pushing past what your body’s current limits are.

Oh and did I mention there are prizes??!!!!???!!!

Ready to join us? Click here to join!

*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. I am not a medical professional. I do not issue medical advice. As with all exercise programs, please consult with your doctor before beginning.

PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse reduces pain and inflammation like nothing I have ever tried or have been prescribed. It is because of this drug free pain reliever that I am able to exercise. Check it out and save $55 when you use my discount code DIVA at checkout!














March Fitness Challenge Rules and Guidelines.

There are four weeks in this challenge. Each starts on a Monday and ends on Sunday.  Weekly drawings will take place within 5 days of that week’s challenge ending.

Challenge dates:

March 4-10

March 11-17

March 18-24

March 25-31

How to participate:

  1. Join The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies
  2. Declare you daily goal on the challenge post located in the announcements. Daily goals can be designated by number of activity minutes or number of steps or miles walked or ran. Goals may include swimming, yoga, stretching, physical therapy, walking, running, steps per day, weight lifting, etc.
  3. Log your daily results: Each day at 8:00am PST a daily check in post will be posted in the group.  It will be placed in the announcements to make it easier for you to find it.  Before bed or no later than 8:00am PST, comment with your day’s results.  This will earn you one entry into the drawing.  Earn a second entry for that week’s drawing by also posting a screenshot of your fitness app (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch,etc.) or a picture of your fitness tracker or pedometer proving that you have reached your goal.  Everyone has the opportunity to earn one entry, those using a tracking device have a chance to earn two.  Each week, one winner will be drawn and will receive a $5 Amazon or Starbucks eGift card (winner chooses which one).

Need a fitness tracker?  Click here for a list of fitness devices and free apps!


Like with every month, I have added a twist to this one as well……. Doing the same workout in the same place, day after day, can get pretty darn boring… What do people do when they get bored of their workouts?  They quit!!!  I don’t want you to give up!!!  So this month the twist is to try something new!!!

Try a form of exercise that you haven’t done before or for awhile! Mix things up! If your body is like mine and will not allow for much variation in what it can physically do, change the location or try it at a different time or pace…

Whenever you try something new or mix it up, be sure to comment with what you did differently in the daily check in.  For every day that you share what you did differently, you will earn an entry into a special month end drawing that will take place sometime within 5 days after the 31st. Earn a second entry if you post a picture of how you mixed it up!!  We will draw 2 winners from the twist entries.

What are you waiting for?

Click here to join the madness!!!

Leg cramping from over use no longer bothers me while I sleep thanks to Good Night Lotion! I lather it on my legs, hips, lower back, and feet before I am ready to go to sleep. Click here to give it a try and see if it helps your restless legs!

































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