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.

Obsessed with Disney Ears!

            Are you as obsessed with Disney ear headbands as I am? Some think that Minnie ear headbands are just to wear while visiting a Disney Park, but guess what? They are WRONG!!!  Disney headbands can be worn anywhere and at anytime of year.  For example, what disnerd wouldn’t beContinue reading “Obsessed with Disney Ears!”

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”

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”

Berenice has Disney Ability!

This week I would like to introduce you to one of my DisneyAbility readers/followers, Berenice R. from El Monte California and I am excited to share her experience with you. First let me tell you a little about Berenice. She is 32 years old, lives with multiple health issues, and is co-owner of Two SistersContinue reading “Berenice has Disney Ability!”

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.”

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”

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 Inner Princess

Out of all the Disney Princesses, Cinderella is the one that I relate to the most.  We were both abused.  Yet neither of us ever complained or told anyone else.  Instead we sang songs that made our hearts feel lighter.   Not that I condone not speaking up, because I do believe that people should reach outContinue reading “My Inner Princess”

Snail speed

On a “good” day I move at the speed of a snail.  Because of my chronic conditions I function at 20 to 30% of what an average person does.  During an intense flare I am lucky if I function at 10%.  Throw in an illness like Bronchitis and my functioning level plummets to zero.  This is why I amContinue reading “Snail speed”

Can’t win them all

No matter how someone treats their chronic conditions, we can all agree that there are good days and there are bad.  Then there are the days that have us feeling as though we are being physically tortured.  Overall this has been the best winter that I have ever experienced.  Not too cold, not too hot,Continue reading “Can’t win them all”

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