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

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”

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?”

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”

Thrifty Snacks at Disneyland

Thrifty Snacks at Disneyland I would go broke if I purchased individual snacks for everyone in my party while in the Disneyland parks.  Depending on the snack, the amount spent could have fed us all a nice dinner instead.  In order to have more money for meals and souvenirs I do one of two things. Continue reading “Thrifty Snacks at Disneyland”

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”

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”

Why I would suggest Disneyland over Disney World to someone who suffers from chronic pain.

It is no secret that I love Disneyland.  Besides the magical memories made with family and friends, Disneyland provides me with physical and mental therapy.  Because of this I never hesitate to suggest a Disneyland vacation to my friends that suffer from chronic pain.  However, I am not as quick to suggest they go toContinue reading “Why I would suggest Disneyland over Disney World to someone who suffers from chronic pain.”

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.”

Reasons to give Thanks

This Thanksgiving I am reminded of all that I have to be thankful for.  My dear friend Pam has reached her final days and for all I know today may be the last time I see her on earth.  I will be away for two days this week to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family atContinue reading “Reasons to give Thanks”

Where to rest your feet at Disneyland

Jason asks: Where can I sit and rest while in the parks? Great question! There are many options when you need to rest your feet and legs.  There are benches all along the walkway of Downtown Disney and a few in the Esplanade near the restrooms by the Disneyland and California Adventure entry gates.  ThereContinue reading “Where to rest your feet at Disneyland”

Thanks a lot Mother Nature!

Once upon a time I enjoyed and welcomed changes in the weather, but now I dread them.  It’s not that I hate rain, snow, or sunny days, it is how they affect my body that displeases me.  I began noticing how the weather affected my body a few years prior to my Fibromyalgia diagnosis.  OverContinue reading “Thanks a lot Mother Nature!”

Staying Hydrated at Disneyland

Susan asks: “This may seem like a silly question, but, my medications cause my mouth to become very dry.  I have heard that bottle water is expensive in the parks and wonder if it is possible to stay hydrated without spending all of my souvenir money on water?” This is not a silly question atContinue reading “Staying Hydrated at Disneyland”

Feeling ill at Disneyland?

Feeling over heated? 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 normal park operating hours to offer over-the-counter medications, bandages and other quick remedies so that you can begin enjoying your visit again.Continue reading “Feeling ill at Disneyland?”

My Second San Francisco Adventure

As someone that suffers from several chronic illnesses, I have had to learn to be flexible when vacationing.  I have learned that I won’t always get to do everything I want to and that my body may need more rest than normal.  I am writing this post is to share my adventure and to showContinue reading “My Second San Francisco Adventure”

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