Disneyland Temporarily Closes Due to Coronavirus

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 and Must Know Chronic Pain Information Before Revving up Your Engine in Carsland * California Adventure * Disneyland

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 with These Dining Options at Carsland * Disney California Adventure

Get your gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian fix on Route 66 in Carsland at Disney’s California Adventure!

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?  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.

A day at the beach revealed an awesome surprise

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.

My body failed to meet my expectations

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…..

Moving Mayhem

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

            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,Continue reading “How to survive a Disneyland or Disney World character meet and greet”

Why I call myself The Disabled Diva

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

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’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”

Renting a wheelchair from Disneyland versus an outside vendor

Renting a wheelchair from Disneyland versus 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 from can be confusing.  To help you decide I compiled this list of pros and cons for renting one from Disneyland or fromContinue reading “Renting a wheelchair from Disneyland versus an outside vendor”

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”

Two of my favorite budget friendly table service restaurants at Disneyland and California Adventure

  Two of my favorite budget friendly table service restaurants at Disneyland and California Adventure Last week I shared tips on how to feed your family for less while vacationing at Disneyland.  Click here to read that post in case you missed it.  This week I am sharing two of my family’s favorite table serviceContinue reading “Two of my favorite budget friendly table service restaurants at Disneyland and California Adventure”

Tips for spending less on food while vacationing at Disneyland

Tips for spending less on food while vacationing at Disneyland With multiple price hikes on park tickets over the past few years, we can all agree that Disneyland is not a cheap vacation destination.  However, there are ways to cut costs.  In this post I share how my family and I eat on a budgetContinue reading “Tips for spending less on food while vacationing at Disneyland”

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”

Tips for staying warm when the weather outside is not

As my mobility decreased over the years I had to find new ways to stay warm, whether I was inside and outside. Because I am physically moving less than I did before I find myself feeling cold more often, even in temperatures that never bothered me in the past.  Because I am unable to walk brisklyContinue reading “Tips for staying warm when the weather outside is not”

Sometimes it is worth pushing past limits and facing fears.

Yesterday I returned home after spending five days at Disneyland.  This was a big deal for me as I haven’t spent five consecutive days in the park since 2009!  Since then my longest stretch in the park has been three days.  Typically I go for a day and occasionally two in a row.  As thisContinue reading “Sometimes it is worth pushing past limits and facing fears.”

Service dog relief areas at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World

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”

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