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How to plan the best summer vacation despite your chronic illness

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. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go exploring, instead it became too painful. Not only did my excursions increase my pain while away, it would take weeks and sometimes months to recover from them once I returned home. Not wanting to spend most of my time recovering I opted to stop traveling.

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Disneyland Park Accessibility Update January 2019






Quick update!

Since I last updated the guide there have been a few new updates.

  1. Dumbo:  This attraction’s queue is now fully accessible to mobility aids, both manual and motorized.  All guests enter the same queue.
  2. Matterhorn:  The queue to this attraction has been widened making it easier for mobility aids to use.
  3. The Enchanted Tiki Room: This is my favorite update!! Gone is the awkwardly small and outdoor elevator for those unable to enter via the stairs.  In the entrance area, there is now a ramp to the right of the waiting area for guests to use.  In the past, guests unable to take stairs had to exit via the elevator and back through the entrance, now they exit out the same door and down ramps into the new Tropical Hideaway.












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 be thrilled to wear a birthday headband out to dinner?  Ear headbands are perfect for Disney bounding and showing everyone your love of Disney.  I wear mine everywhere and have yet to have someone make a rude remark! In fact, my ear headbands make people smile and often prompts them to share their favorite Disney related memories.  Join me in making the world a happier place by wearing your Minnie ears while out and be sure to tag me (The Disabled Diva) if you post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Don’t have ears? Or are you like me and need more?  Click on the ears below to expand your ear wardrobe!  OOOHHH and one last thing, there are few holiday headbands that are on sale! Scroll down to see which ones!

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Rainy Days at Disneyland: What to do, wear, and bring!

Rainy Days at Disneyland: What to do, wear, and bring!

Rainy southern California days may cause mudslides and flood streets, but they shouldn’t ruin your Disneyland vacation.  I learned long ago, before living here, that you never know what the weather is going to be like.  We have experienced cold and wet winter weather during spring break and triple digits on Thanksgiving, The good news is that those strange weather days never last for long and if prepared, they shouldn’t disrupt your vacation either.  Here are some tips for cold and rainy days that will keep you warm, dry, and happy!




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What to do

There are a few rides that may be shut down when it rains, but they are outdoor rides and not ones that you would run to for shelter. Use this time to discover areas that you haven’t made time for in the past and enjoy lower wait times for everything else since most people leave when it begins to rain. In addition to attractions, there is nothing more beautiful than to walk throughout the park in the rain.  Low crowds make it a perfect time to get some awesome photos of your favorite views. It is also a wonderful time to go shopping or to enjoy a meal at a sit down restaurant.

Here is a quick list of indoor attractions that have mostly indoor queues (if the lines are short, you shouldn’t have to wait outside):


  1. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  2. The Disney Gallery
  3. Space Mountain
  4. Star Tours
  5. Buzz Lightyear
  6. Star War’s Launch Bay
  7. Tomorrowland Theater
  8. Roger Rabbit
  9. Mickey and Minnie’s houses
  10. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle walkthrough (just be careful of wet floors and stairs)
  11. The Golden Horseshoe
  12. Indiana Jones
  13. Pirates of the Caribbean  (just be warned that there is a risk of getting wet on this ride)
  14. Haunted Mansion (when there is little wait)

California Adventure

  1. Monster’s Inc
  2. Guardian’s of the Galaxy Mission Breakout
  3. Animation Academy
  4. Soarin’
  5. The Little Mermaid
  6. Toy Story Mania


What to wear

All it took was one vacation in 1998 where the weather was freezing for one day of our multi-day visit to make sure to pack for at least one or two cold days.  We haven’t always needed our winter attire, but my family was sure thankful I brought it along when our vacations were interrupted by a cold front.

Always bring clothing that can be layered. Make sure jackets are water and wind resistant. Wear rainboots or cover your sneakers with rain covers. Warm hats, earmuffs, gloves, and scarves will also keep you cozy while playing on a damp and cold day.

What to bring

Here is a quick list of items you should always bring on your Disneyland vacation to ensure that a day or two of chilly and rainy days won’t ruin your vacation. BTW Rainy days aren’t the days to wear your favorite Disney bounding outfit or cutest Disney dress, they are the days to dress for comfort, warmth, ability to stay dry, and functionality.  Skip the ears and instead put a bow in your hair!

  1. Rain and wind resistant jacket, raincoat, or poncho.  (Do not waste your money purchasing a poncho in the parks.  Why spend $10 on something of the same quality that could be purchased at your local dollar store or online for far less? Save your money for something that will last like a sweatshirt or hat.)
  2. Extra socks!! Even if the weather is warm, an extra pair of socks always comes in handy whether your feet get wet from the weather or water rides.
  3. Umbrellas and covers for strollers and wheelchairs and umbrella holder for your stroller, wheelchair, or rollator.
  4. Hats, earmuffs, gloves, and scarves.
  5. Ziplock baggies!! I keep my Oska Pulse (a drug free pain relief device) nice and dry inside a plastic baggy.  My family also uses them for our phones and anything else we want to keep dry.

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5 Tips For Pushing a Wheelchair Through Disneyland

5 Tips For Pushing a Wheelchair Through Disneyland

By: Drew

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I’ll never forget the first time I had to push my wife through Disneyland in a wheelchair. We had planned a family vacation and traveled to California from Arizona. My son was 15 at the time, and my daughter was only 3. The first night of the trip, my wife (most of you I’m sure know her as the Disabled Diva!) began experiencing severe intestinal pain.

We took her to the ER, and she was promptly diagnosed with appendicitis. They performed an appendectomy that evening, and she was released the next afternoon.

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Not sure if I am in limbo or free falling

Not sure if I am in limbo or free falling


This post is part of an ongoing series chronicling my battle with abdominal adhesions. 

Click here to read from the beginning.

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I haven’t updated this series for almost a month for a couple of reasons.  The first is that I haven’t had any doctor appointments and won’t have another until next week.  With every surgeon I meet refusing to help I have decided to change my course of action.  As advised by each one, I am scheduling a consultation appointment with pain management.  How long I will have to wait for that appointment remains to be seen as I first need to attend an orientation class.  After this class (next week) I will be able to schedule my consultation and see if they there is anything that they can do for me without prescribing medication.  I also have an appointment with my primary physician this month in order to have my condition related weight loss recorded in my files along with my continual symptom complaints.  I want on record that I am following each specialists instructions regarding diet etc. and yet have not experienced any relief from abdominal pain.  The only advice I am not following is their insistence that I take pharmaceutical pain medication.  I refuse to return to the zombie I was back when pharmaceutical pain meds were my only option.  Those meds almost destroyed my life, I couldn’t think, concentrate, or function.  I would not be writing or blogging today had I not switched to medical marijuana. 


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Another reason that I haven’t updated this series is that I am exhausted.  My energy level continues to plummet.  Each week I think this can’t get worse and that I will be on the upswing next week.  Then surprise, next week is no better; in fact often it’s worse.  The simple task of making my bed requires a nap.  This is ridiculous as I am not a perfectionist when it comes to bed making; I just throw my sheet and blankets on the bed and attempt to straighten them.  There’s no tucking of corners or arranging decorative pillows.  The only way to make a bed easier than I do is to not make it at all.  I experience some sort of abdominal pain every day.  I either experience one of the following, a combination of, or all at once: Intense ripping, stomach and intestinal bloating, swelling, and soreness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or the sensation of feeling like my stomach and/or intestines are filled with razor sharp blades.  These symptoms alone are enough to exhaust a person, but to add insult to injury not being able to digest an acceptable amount of calories each day has also contributed to my weakened state.  Most days the most I can ingest without increasing my pain level is equivalent to one juice based produce filled smoothie with oatmeal sprinkled throughout and one cup of whatever gluten-free pasta casserole I have in the fridge.  For the most part I have no appetite or desire to eat and when I do I feel like a stuffed turkey just after a few bites.  Occasionally I am blessed with a desire to eat.  There are times when this window of opportunity only lasts a few hours or it could last for as long as five days. On those days I am able to more than the other days.  I both look forward to and dread the days that I desire to eat and can actually recognize that I am hungry.  I look forward to them because I know that I need to eat.  They are dreaded because even when I follow my physician’s dietary guidelines I continue to experience an increase of all the symptoms listed above.  Because of this I am finding that I am developing an unhealthy fear of food.  But can you really blame me?  Would you want to eat if everything you put in your mouth caused your abdomen to hurt so bad that you can’t stand or walk?  What if you experienced diarrhea so violent that you feel like you were going to pass out after every meal? 

 I have also put off updating this series because I am struggling to accept my current state.  As much as I want to believe that there is hope to regain even the slightest bit of my previous energy level, I am beginning to think that this may really be as good as it gets.  My body has given me no reason to believe it is anywhere near ready to begin healing from whatever is going on.  I feel like I have been pushed from an airplane and am falling without a parachute.  For me that parachute represents a known cause for what is going on inside my abdomen.  While my doctors and I are assuming that adhesions are the cause, we don’t have proof.  This assumption is based on my history with adhesions and negative GI tests.  Maybe adhesions are the sole culprit, but what if they aren’t?  I have had spells like this ever since I developed abdominal adhesions, but they have never lasted this long.  Nor did they worsen; instead they would strike hard then within a few weeks I would experience a sharp ripping which would return me to my normal state of pain.  I am nearing a full year since this spell began and I have only gotten worse.  While I am trying not to put my life on hold, I am also struggling to live.  The amount of time I spend out of the house has decreased greatly.  If I am lucky I can drive myself to the grocery store once

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a month.  Most of the time I have to rely on my husband and friends to drive me around.  My independence is decreasing.  It sucks.  I am emotionally all over the place.  One moment I am laughing and soaking up every wonderful moment that God has gifted me with.  Then the next tears trickle down my face I fear of not knowing what is going on inside or wonder how much more damage has to be done before a physician will help me.  Or I may start sobbing because one doctor after the next has said that there is nothing they can do.  What if they are right?  As quickly as the tears fall, they disappear and I find comfort in knowing that at least for now I can wipe my own bum, shower without assistance, write, and am not confined to my bed all the time. 

Lastly, finding my groove has proven challenging.  I am sleeping more than usual and have less energy to be as productive as I was before during the hours that I am awake. Because of this, the last thing I have wanted to do was write about the very thing that has upset my schedule.  What I really desire right now is for whatever is going on inside of my belly to stabilize in order to allow me to fall back into some sort of schedule.  In hopes to loosen the hold that adhesions possibly have on my bowels, my husband and I have scheduled a couple of 2 day Disneyland visits this month.  Wondering how I can be as sick as I describe, yet can handle going to Disneyland?  It’s quite simple actually.  My husband drives, I medicate for pain all day, my husband and daughter push my wheelchair so I don’t have to concentrate on where I am going, nor am I forced to converse with anyone, including my family.  It’s the ultimate outing.  I get to go to my favorite place without worrying about speaking in fragments or having to mentally or verbally piece together sentences or make sense of what others are saying in order to have a conversation.  I can spend a day at Disneyland and speak to no one outside of those who accompanied me.  No matter how much or little I speak with my family or friends in the park, we all leave with a brain filled with magical memories from going on rides and watching various shows.  If I get tired I take a nap in my wheelchair while waiting in line.  I know it sounds absolutely crazy as most people who suffer from a chronic condition think of Disney as a stressful vacation, but for me it is one of the most relaxing and therapeutic experiences.

Anyways, you are now up to date on what’s been going on.  My husband and I are grateful to have friends that have offered to help.  One sweetheart in particular has been coming by and tackling some household cleaning that has been neglected for way too long.  Some are also volunteering to bring an occasional meal by.  I pray that this is temporary and that life can return to some sort of normalcy soon. 

Wishing you a day filled with many reasons to smile,

The Disabled Diva



Where service dogs are prohibited at Disneyland and Disney World

Where service dogs are prohibited at Disneyland and Disney World

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If you are planning a trip with your service dog to Disneyland or Disney World, you need to be aware that not all attractions permit a service animal.  This is for the safety of both the service animal and other guests.  Below is a list of attractions that do NOT allow service animals.  Besides not going on the attraction, you have two other options.  The first being that you utilize Disney’s Rider Switch service in which one person in your party stays behind with the service animal and then they ride after the rest of the party returns.  The second option is to use the park provided crates located at the boarding area of the attractions that offer them.

*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.


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Restricted areas:

 Disneyland Resort


  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue


Disney California Adventure

  • Incredicoaster
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Guardian’s of the Galaxy Mission Breakout
  • Tuck and Roll’s Drive ’Em Buggies

Walt Disney World

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • The Barnstormer
  • Space Mountain


  • Mission: SPACE
  • Test Track
  • Soarin’
  • Sum of All Thrills

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

  • Affection Section at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
  • Primeval Whirl 
Portable dog bed

Portable dog bed

Service Animals Permitted with Caution

Guests with service animals should check with a cast member for boarding information at the following attractions:

Magic Kingdom Park

·Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

·Stitch’s Great Escape


·Spaceship Earth

·Innoventions – Certain Attractions

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

·The Great Movie Ride

·Toy Story Mania!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

·It’s Tough To Be A Bug!

·Kilimanjaro Safaris

·Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

·The aviary area of Maharajah Jungle Trek

Knowing what to expect before arriving will only make your visit more magical.  Plan ahead and have fun!















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