Unpack Your Unrealistic Vacation Expectations

Living with multiple chronic conditions has changed many things in my life, including what I expect from a vacation. Psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and endometriosis often create havoc before, during, and after each trip.  I may not be able to escape my conditions for a week, but I can still have a fabulous getaway by having realistic expectations.  Here are five unrealistic vacation expectations and how I turned them around.

Workout Prep and Recovery

Before becoming chronically ill I used to love exercising.  Outside of making time to do it, I never had to put much thought into it.  Other than changing my shoes or clothing, I never had to prepare my body for a workout.  Afterwards I could go on with my day and do whatever I wanted.  Since becoming chronically ill I have struggled with working out regularly because of how unpredictable my diseases are

Creating My Home Gym

Forget exercising, the pain I experience from Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and Endometriosis makes just getting to the gym an exhausting workout.  Yet, I needed to do something, so I created a home gym

The only New Year’s resolution that I have ever kept and why you should try it

Do you make New Year resolutions?  How many of them did you keep?  In the past I would vow to lose weight, quit a bad habit, or to do something that I didn’t really want to do and always failed.  Why did I fail?

My life summed up by a deck of cards

My life summed up by a deck of cards Part of my bedtime ritual includes playing solitaire.  Solitaire card games serve as a distraction from pain and the millions of thoughts rambling around my brain.  I have three favorite games; FreeCell, Pyramid, and Classic Solitaire.  The game I choose to play each night depends uponContinue reading “My life summed up by a deck of cards”

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. Previous post< > Next post I haven’t updated this series for almost a month for a couple of reasons.  The first is that IContinue reading “Not sure if I am in limbo or free falling”

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”

60% of those who have this…don’t know it!

60% of those who have this…don’t know it! Tens of millions worldwide have some form of thyroid dysfunction, and 60% don’t know they have it or how it occurred. Are you one of them? Find out! 30+ experts are here to help you diagnose and overcome thyroid dysfunction, and then reclaim your health and vitality!Continue reading “60% of those who have this…don’t know it!”

Striking out

Striking out This post is the latest in a series chronicling my battle with abdominal adhesions.  Click here to read from beginning Previous post < >Next post I had my 2nd opinion appointment with a surgeon last week.  As hard as I tried to be positive and hoped that this surgeon would be willing to helpContinue reading “Striking out”

Living while waiting instead of waiting to live

Living while waiting instead of waiting to live Have you put your life on hold as you wait for a cure or relief?  Are you hesitant to make plans because you aren’t sure of how you will be feeling physically?  Not only have I done that very thing, but am currently fighting the urge toContinue reading “Living while waiting instead of waiting to live”

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”

Less answers and more frustration

Less answers and more frustration This post is part of my ongoing series chronicling my quest to find some, even if only temporary, relief from abdominal adhesions. Click here to start from the beginning Previous post < This week was a little better than last week.  Not pain wise, but on an emotional level.  IContinue reading “Less answers and more frustration”

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?”

Super Mom or a Super Pooped Mom

Are you a Super Mom or a Super Pooped Mom? Chronic illnesses make life difficult.  Those of us who suffer from one are always feeling like we are swimming against the stream.   My illnesses are always getting in the way of what I want and need to do.  Instead of doing the dishes my bodyContinue reading “Super Mom or a Super Pooped Mom”

Mobility aids, everybody uses them.

Accepting that I needed to use a mobility aid meant acknowledging and accepting my disability. Here’s why I had nothing to be ashamed of!

Failed Colonoscopy

This post is part of a series about my quest to find relief from abdominal adhesions. Click here to read from the beginning. Previous post < > Next post I haven’t had much to write about in regards to my quest to find relief from abdominal adhesions.  Things are kind of at a standstill whileContinue reading “Failed Colonoscopy”

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”

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