Living with chronic pain is messy! Find out how it has messed up my plans and home in this week’s word of the week blog post.
Accessibility information to help you get your kicks on route 66 and plan your next visit to Carsland at Disneyland’s California Adventure!
Get your gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian fix on Route 66 in Carsland at Disney’s California Adventure!
Does the thought of taking a summer vacation get you excited or does it send chills down your spine? I loved traveling before I became chronically ill. In addition to yearly Disneyland vacations, I loved exploring new areas in other states or within the ones that I lived in. 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.
In my latest Oska Pulse Journey update, I am sharing what this drug-free pain relief device has done for me in four months that my doctors haven’t been able to do in seventeen years.
I have been living with multiple chronic illnesses for over 17 years. Throughout this time I have learned to expect my body to fail my expectations. Some of those failures were due to my own unrealistic expectations of what I wanted to do and others were the result of my conditions progressing making it impossible for my body to do what it had been. If I have learned anything throughout my chronic life it is that I should always expect the unexpected…..
Stress is my enemy. I do my best to plan and schedule appointments and outings in a manner that won’t increase my stress/pain level or spark an anxiety attack. However, some times life throws some unexpected curve balls and I have to push through pain, anxiety, and fatigue to deal with them. A month ago we were given notice
How to survive a Disneyland or Disney World character meet and greet Survive a character meet and greet? Aren’t those supposed to be fun? For most people, both adults and children, they are. It is a chance to meet their favorite characters, get autographs, interact, and have their pictures taken. But some of us (adultsContinue reading “How to survive a Disneyland or Disney World character meet and greet”
Find out how I became The Disabled Diva, accepted my conditions, and more in this piece I wrote for Healthline. If anyone would have told me in my 20’s that I’d be writing about living with multiple chronic illnesses in my 40’s I would have laughed. I’ve been experiencing various symptoms since the age ofContinue reading “Why I call myself The Disabled Diva”
Ten pitfalls of using a wheelchair at Disneyland Some people think that those who use wheelchairs at Disneyland get on rides faster and/or have it easier than other guests. However, that is far from the reality. Using a wheelchair at Disneyland is tough, especially for those who don’t use one often. In this post IContinue reading “Ten pitfalls of using a wheelchair at Disneyland”
There is much to think about when choosing whether to rent a wheelchair from Disneyland or an outside vendor. For guests that don’t use a wheelchair on a regular basis yet need one for extended outings, choosing where to rent a wheelchair can be confusing. To help you decide, I compiled this list of prosContinue reading “Renting a Wheelchair From Disneyland Versus an Outside Vendor”
Service dog relief areas at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Service dogs may relieve themselves in any open outdoor area as long as their owners pick up after them and leave the area clean. There are also relief areas designated for service dogs to relieve themselves throughout the parks. Where ever your service animalContinue reading “Service dog relief areas at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World”
Feeling overheated? Did you fall and scrape your knee? Have a headache? No matter what your ailment, there are First Aid stations in both Disneyland and California Adventure. Nurses are available during regular park operating hours to offer over-the-counter medications, bandages, and other quick remedies so that you can begin enjoying your visit again. IfContinue reading “Feeling ill at Disneyland?”
This morning someone sent me an analogy on Twitter comparing having Fibromyalgia and riding Space Mountain. They tweeted that having Fibromyalgia and riding Space Mountain are the same as there are lots of ups and downs, tight curves, but no way to see them coming. This is spot on!! However it is how we choose to face those ups, downs,Continue reading “What the rides at Disneyland have taught me about my conditions”
Therapy and chronic pain/illnesses go hand in hand. There is no way to go through life living in pain and not needing some type of therapy. We need physical therapy to strengthen our bodies to fight pain and illness. We need some sort of emotional therapy to keep from going mad from the pain thatContinue reading “My favorite therapy”
Last week my brother in-law, Tim, came to California to spend some time at Disneyland with my husband, daughter, and me. My brother in -law is not your typical 40 something man, he has Down’s Syndrome. This mini vacation is the second that my husband and I have had with him at Disneyland. The firstContinue reading “Down’s and Disneyland”
Approximately two weeks ago my family and I rocked our Disney Sides at the 24 hour party. The first I had ever heard about Disney’s 24 hour parties was a month prior to this one. Being the Disney Geek that I am, my first thought was “Heck ya”!! My enthusiasm waned as IContinue reading “Rocked my Disney Side”