What if Cinderella had retrieved her glass slipper?

You won’t move forward or enjoy life until you are ready to leave the past behind

Addressing my symptoms one at a time

To begin winning my battle with chronic pain I had to start with one symptom at a time and problem at a time. It didn’t occur overnight, but with patience and perseverance, I am closer to where I was before becoming chronically ill.

The Disabled Diva’s Top Ten Spoonie Costume Suggestions for Halloween

Ten costumes perfect for the chronically ill who are seeking comfort and cuteness!

Was Depression to Blame for My Chronic Pain?

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The proceeds earned fund the giveaways I host in my Facebook groups. Many of us who suffer from one or more painful chronic illnesses battle depression at least once during ourContinue reading “Was Depression to Blame for My Chronic Pain?”

Defeated by the Daily Grind

I’m a list maker. My husband thinks it’s hilarious that I’ll add something to my to-do list or grocery shopping list AFTER I’ve done the task or already put the item in the cart, just so I can cross it off

My chronic life: filled with pain and never ending questions

Oh my. What a week!! I had the endoscopy last week, it went ok, redness, irritation, and now just waiting on the biopsy results. Just doing more test and blood work.
I’ve felt completely awful this week. I think part of it is being so busy, not resting and stress. I did enjoy seeing the other Divas

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

The Disabled Diva’s Oska Pulse Journey Week 4

How using this device is like watching paint dry and an update on my improvement. *Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. Meaning that at no additional cost to you, I receive a commission when you make a purchase through my links. The code for $55 off one device has changed since this post was published.Continue reading “The Disabled Diva’s Oska Pulse Journey Week 4”

Spring Cleaning Your Chronic Life: Scrub Away Negative Thoughts

Are negative thoughts taking up space in your mind? Find out why they are keeping you from living a better life and what you can do about it.

Sweet dreams only happen when….

Sweet dreams only happen when I listen to my body.  Prior to my chronic life, I had a sleep schedule that worked around my work schedule.  I was in bed every night between 9 and 10PM and up by 4AM.  I never had a problem falling asleep.  I attribute that to the fact that IContinue reading “Sweet dreams only happen when….”

The day most dread is the day I look forward to

For most, Mondays are the most dreaded day of the week.  It marks the beginning of a hectic schedule.  While my friends and family are complaining that the weekend is over, I find myself rejoicing every Monday. Long ago prior to living the chronic life, I also despised Mondays.  I looked forward to relaxing onContinue reading “The day most dread is the day I look forward to”

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”

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”

Time-Out

It’s been a rough day.  I was woken up this morning by intense abdominal, leg, and back muscle spasms.  Tears rolled down my cheeks as each wave of spasms squeezed tightly.  As the day progressed, their frequency decreased, which has allowed me to rest.  In addition to this my stomach feels as though it isContinue reading “Time-Out”

The Pain Coma

Painsomnia has an evil sibling, the Pain Coma.  Unlike a real coma, I am not completely comatose, but my physical and cognitive abilities are drastically reduced.  In some ways it resembles a real coma as in no matter how hard I “will” my body to move, it won’t, it’s paralyzing.  Then there is the feelingContinue reading “The Pain Coma”

Healing days

What the heck is a healing day?  I refer to the days when my body has had enough and forces me to rest.  Sometimes these days follow a day or period of time spent pushing past my limits, and sometimes it is just my body’s way of saying “I am tired”. A healing day orContinue reading “Healing days”

When the body craves deep sleep and the brain only wants a cat nap!

 Living with chronic pain is exhausting.  Although I have conquered my night time sleeping battle, I still battle daytime fatigue, just not as often as I used to.  Pain related fatigue comes in many forms.  There are days when I am lucky if I am able to stay awake for an hour or two.  SomeContinue reading “When the body craves deep sleep and the brain only wants a cat nap!”

Under a sleep spell

I feel like I have been put under a sleeping spell, like Sleeping Beauty.  But unlike Sleeping Beauty, I don’t know what will break my spell.  It has been a while since I have been this sleepy.  I forgot how much I despise feeling so tired all the time.  I forgot just how much extremeContinue reading “Under a sleep spell”

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