Getting to know Elysha Guest Post Written By Elysha Ludwig Hey everyone! So excited to share my story, the good things and everyday struggles. I just wanted to give you a brief view on my illness. In 2014 I got sick. I had extreme abdominal pain and nausea. I was in and out of theContinue reading “Get to know Elysha”
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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…..
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
Kim From Grace Is Sufficient Recognizes Her Fibromyalgia Triggers
Today Kimberly J. Penix shares how she treats Fibromyalgia. Find out what has and hasn’t helped to relieve her pain.
The Disabled Diva’s Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Looking for the perfect gift for your mom? Does she have a chronic illness or pain? Here are some unique ideas that will surely say I love you mom! Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission to fund my coffee drinking habit if you use these links to make aContinue reading “The Disabled Diva’s Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas”
Oska Pulse Journey Week 5: Addressing pain instead of putting a Band-Aid on it
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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, get autographs, interact, and have their pictures taken. But some of us (adultsContinue 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”
In this chronic pain product review, I put the PainKare Patch to work! Did it relieve my pain? Find out what I liked and disliked.
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?
When did it become acceptable to not help patients? When did drugging them become the go-to plan? When did doctors start giving up on patients just because their condition is not easy or textbook? Why aren’t they willing to give my internal organs a break? Why are they willing to allow my condition to shortenContinue reading “What has happened to our healthcare system?”