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Two Things You Must Know About Planning








Whether you have a chronic illness or not, life requires planning.  Without it all we are doing is sitting on our thumbs waiting for life to happen.  While spontaneity can be fun, it won’t help you succeed.  Speaking of succeeding, did you know that planning can help you succeed in your personal and professional life, even if you have a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or psoriatic arthritis.  To help you succeed, here are two very important things you must know about planning:

Number One: Planning can make you more reliable

This is a biggie for those of us diagnosed with a chronic disease.  Autoimmune diseases and other unpredictable illnesses are monsters that have the capability of turning the most reliable person into a complete flake.  Before becoming chronically ill, I rarely cancelled anything I committed to.  That all changed after my third chronic diagnosis.  One of the reasons I became the cancellation queen was because I was filling my calendar the way I did before becoming sick.  Another reasons is that I just said yes to everything without considering if I would have enough time or energy to actually follow through.

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I resolved this issue with careful planning.  It took a few years of trial and error, mainly because I still had to come to terms with the fact that living with multiple chronic illnesses would never be the same as the life I had before, but I finally found my groove.  What I mean by that is by following the advice in my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life, I was able to plan with my symptoms and pain in mind.  For example, after living with my illnesses for as long as I had, I knew approximately how much time I needed to recover after a big outing.  I also knew that planning anything to close to that event would not end well.  So to ensure that I could attend, well as much as I could as we all know that most autoimmune diseases, chronic illnesses, and cancers can have a mind of their own, I blocked out a few days (more if I wasn’t feeling as well as I’d prefer) before the event and then anywhere from 2-7 days following the event to recover.  By doing this, I was able to plan smarter and could even explain to someone why I was declining their invite.


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Number Two: Plans change!

Yep, that’s right, our health status and pain levels aren’t the only things that can change without warning, our plans can too.  With that in mind, I always makes plans that include backup plans! I began this practice after I started blocking out dates on my calendar, because I became frustrated that my plans went up in smoke after I took the time to rest beforehand.  Sometimes my backup plans are actual plans. For example, if dinner plans with friends didn’t pan out, I have plans to still go out either by myself, with my husband or children, or someone from the original plans if anyone is still available.


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By allowing enough time to prepare my body for an outing and to recover from one, I also free myself to be a bit more flexible.  If something comes up I still have room in my schedule to shift the day that I was going to go out forward or backwards a day or two.

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The best part of seeing my schedule on paper is that afterwards I am able to see how much I was able to do in the past month.  This helps with future planning.  Then of course there is that exciting moment when you discover that all the time you spent planning and listening to your body results in being able to do more than you expected!

Don’t skate through 2019 hoping everything will work out.  Instead get planning and make this your best year yet!





















PillSuite Review

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Ladies, are you tired of filling your purse with prescription bottles every time you leave the house?

Men, wouldn’t it be nice to have your pills safe and secure in your wallet?

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Tired of your pills spilling out of bulky plastic dispensers or how much space they take up in your bag or purse?

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PillSuite is an answered prayer for those who take medication on a daily basis.  With this system you can separate your dosages into bio-degradable packets and go anywhere, without being weighed down with multiple bottles or large containers.


The PillSuite system includes the following:  A sealer, sorter, 4 ‘AA’ batteries, and 400 packets.  The packets are printed with soy-ink and are bio-degradable.  If you only need to use one packet per day, you have over a year’s worth of packets! Good news for those who will need to use multiple packets each day, it won’t cost a fortune to order more at PillSuite.com.

While I loved the idea of sorting and taking along medication in a manner that saves space, I did have some reservations before trying it.  I am happy to say that after trying it, all my concerns were thrown out the window.


My first concern was if I would have the strength to open the compartment to place the batteries inside.  This was not a problem.  I was able to easily open it by lifting the latch with my finger nail.  If I didn’t have long nails I would have probably used a butter knife to flick it open.

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 While inserting the batteries was easy, I did struggle opening the sorter.  However that was just user error.  Instead of gently lifting and then rotating the top, I only lifted.  Forcefully lifting the lid will most likely break it.


The spaces in the sorter have room for several pills, unless your pills are extra-large.  If you have pills that are too large for the spaces or the dispensing space, just place them into the packets prior to sealing.  The packets offer ample room for pills of all sizes.  I recommend labeling your packets prior to filling them.  After you have sorted your pills into the spaces and labeled your packets, it is time to begin filling them.

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Prior to using it, I was concerned that the sealer would be complicated to use.  I know it sounds silly to worry about pushing a button, but when my hands hurt, everything I do increases my pain!  Thankfully this system is friendly to hurting hands.  It is easy to place the open end into the sealing area.  The button that I worried about doesn’t need a hard push.  More like a gentle push or nudge.  The fact that it seals within a few seconds is also fabulous!

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My final concern was with opening the packets.  Arthritic hands make opening any package a hassle.  My first attempt to open the sealed packet ended with my ripping the bag down the center which sent my pills flying across the room.  This was totally and completely my own fault.  While the directions clearly state to rip along the perforated edge, I assumed it was at the bottom of the packet.  After taking a closer look, I saw that the perforation was on the side of the packet.  With this new piece of information, I tried it again.  This time the packet opened easily.  Not only did my pills not fly across the room, but opening it didn’t increase the pain in my hands.

The entire system is smaller than I had imagined.  Its size makes being able to take it with you, very convenient when traveling, if needed.

I hope that you will find this product to be as useful and awesome as I do!

Wishing you a day filled with many reasons to smile and gentle hugs!

The Disabled Diva

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