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Six Ways to Dominate Christmas With a Chronic Illness

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For many years I dreaded Christmas.  It wasn’t  that I hated the holiday, but that I loathed how physically draining keeping up with traditions and extra commitments were.  Thankfully I was able to rekindle my love for Christmas a few years ago by making some changes.  Fall back in love with the season and dominate your holiday by following these tips!

Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. This post contains some affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways for my Facebook groups.

1. Make New Memories

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Are you wearing yourself out trying to recreate past Christmas memories?  Do you exhaust yourself trying to decorate, bake, and entertain like you did in the past?  That’s exactly what I did before accepting that my chronic illnesses had changed my life.  It was unfair to expect myself to be able to keep up with the pace that I had in the past.  To reclaim the holiday I zeroed in on which traditions were the most important for me to keep. Later I incorporated new activities that better fit into my chronic life.  Letting go of Christmas past isn’t a form of giving up.  Instead it is a sign that you have accepted that life has changed and so have you.  Embrace your memories and never give up on creating new ones!

2. Limit Commitments

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Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of invitations you are receiving for holiday parties or activities?  The key to dominating the Christmas season is to limit your commitments.  I know you want to do everything and attend every gathering, but you need to be realistic.  If your chronic illness hasn’t allowed you to take part in one or more events per month, you are deluding yourself if you think you will be able to do more than that during the holidays.  The first reason is that if your illness isn’t fond of colder weather you will be feeling worse than you did during the summer months.  Secondly, the Christmas season involves more than gathering with friends and family.  There’s shopping, baking, and decorating that also needs to be done.  Keep your illness and limitations in mind when accepting invitations.  Give yourself time to rest beforehand and afterwards.  Do what you can and enjoy the heck out of every moment!

3. Watch What You Eat and Drink

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Think twice before indulging in holiday foods or beverages.  Your favorite treats could steal your  joy faster than the Grinch stole Christmas from the Whoville! Most holiday menus include sugary and fatty foods.  I won’t tell you to replace your favorite pie with a bowl of salad, but instead I suggest that you limit how much you eat.  Alcohol is often a trigger for many chronic illnesses, so be careful to not to get caught up in the spirit of the season.  If you find yourself giving into temptation, try only allowing yourself a few bites or sips. While not all flares are avoidable, there is no reason to suffer from one triggered by food unless you are willing to pay the price.

4. Shop Online

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Why waste precious energy by standing in long lines or driving all over town when you could order your gifts online?  Give yourself the gift of more stamina by paying a few extra dollars to have your presents wrapped and/or shipped directly to the recipient.  Wouldn’t you rather use the time and energy spent wrapping presents, or going to stores and the post office celebrating with friends and family?

5. Less Is More

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My family used to compare me to Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  There wasn’t one inch of my home, inside or out, that wasn’t decorated.  While I am no longer a contender for winning most decorated home anymore, I do have more time and energy to do other things that I want.  If decking the halls like you used to do is inflicting unnecessary pain, it’s time to cut back.  Limit how much you put up by choosing your favorite decorations and don’t forget, what goes up must come down!

6. Take Care Of Yourself

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It is not uncommon to spend an extraordinary amount of time trying to make the holidays special for our friends and family that we forget to care for ourselves.  Listen to your body and take time to rest when your body demands it, pace yourself, eat healthy, exercise, and enjoy the simple things.  You’ll surely spend Christmas day in bed if you forget to take care of yourself.

This year’s Christmas may not be like last years or the year before, but that won’t make it any less festive or special.  Embrace what you can do and let go of what you can’t.

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I feel like dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel like dancing!!!

I never thought I would want to dance. To be honest I am a terrible dancer.  In fact I rarely danced at parties, weddings, etc. because I worried about how foolish I would appear.  When my chronic illnesses first stole my ability to hit the dance floor, I didn’t really think much about what I had lost…. Then last year a burning desire to move my feet ignited……..

Achy feet

Long before being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia, my feet began to hurt.  At first I thought it was from the shoes I was wearing.  Little by little I rid my closet of high heels.  By 1999 I found myself able to wear nothing but wide slip on types of shoes, sneakers (but only for a few hours as my feet would swell and feel strangled by the laces), and flip flops.  Living in flip flops wasn’t a problem when I lived in Arizona, but it was a problem when I lived in colder climates and when I traveled.  By 2005, I could only wear crocs, flip flops, and wide boots without heels.  As time went by the amount of time that I was able to spend on my feet dwindled. By 2012 I couldn’t stand or walk for more than 5 minutes at a time.

Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. This post contains some affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways for my Facebook groups.

A toe tapping surprise!

I didn’t notice a difference in the pain that was felt deep in the bones of my feet until my fifth year of treating my chronic pain with natural and alternative treatments.  I will never forget the day that I realized the pain was gone.  I returned home from grocery shopping.  But instead of making a beeline for the recliner while I waited for my husband and daughter to unload the car and put the groceries away, I did it. It wasn’t until my daughter asked why I hadn’t called her out of her room to help that I realized what I had done.  I wasn’t tired, I didn’t need to rest, and to my delight, my feet didn’t hurt!!!!  At first I thought this was just a fluke, that it couldn’t be real, or that it wouldn’t last.  But guess what it did!!!

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Wondering what happened? I did too! Because I also treat my illnesses in the same manner I combat chronic pain, it was pretty easy to figure out which item to credit.  Eight months prior to feeling footloose and fancy free, I added PEMF therapy to my pain management plan.  But at that time I was only using it a few times a week.  Then four months later and four months before noticing the pain was gone, I began using my PEMF device all day, every day! Even though I hadn’t been specifically treating my feet, the device was close enough to treat them without my realizing it.  It was also at this time that the non-stop pain that I had been experiencing in my lower back from degenerative disc disease had disappeared.

Continued therapy

PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse is still part of my daily treatments.  I have been using it now for two years and the relief it provides still blows my mind. After a day at Disneyland, my feet are beat.  They ache like the average person’s would, but the even more because of my chronic illnesses.  While in the park I treat my lower back and abdomen with my device, but I move it to my ankles (if I am driving home) or place it directly on both feet (if someone else is driving).  When I reach my home, 45 minutes later, my feet no longer hurt and I am able to go to bed without pain.  Somedays my feet require a few extra treatments, but even when they hurt, I am able to walk without the pain I used to experience in the past. A few months ago I added another thing to my daily treatment plan.  Each night before bed and first thing in the morning I apply a topical CBD oil to my feet.  I rub it into the arch, heel, ball, and around ankles.  I truly never thought I would know what it was like to walk again without feeling like I was dragging my bones across the cement. And to think that I can now walk 4-12 miles a day and without worrying about whether or not I will be able to walk tomorrow.

The drug free pain relief device on my back keeps me moving!

The gift of relief

Last year I danced for the first time since becoming chronically ill.  My husband and I were attending a Christmas party and the host was hoping to get some people out on the dance floor.  Being that I only see these people once a year, I let go of my inhibitions and let loose on the dance floor.  I have no rhythm, I can’t keep a beat, but I made sure to enjoy every move knowing that my feet would be okay!  A few months later I had a blast dancing with friends at my God-daughter’s wedding and I am looking forward to more opportunities to show off my horrendous dance moves.  If you are a glutton for punishment, you can check out my terrible dancing via the link I provided in my post How traveling with a chronic illness went from good to bad to what the heck just happened!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good pain management plan shouldn’t just mask pain, it should decrease it, relieve it, and make living with your diseases better.  If your plan isn’t doing that you probably should look into making some changes.  You are welcome to take a peek at mine.  Click here to read about my pain management plan. And I also invite you to learn more about PEMF therapy.  Click here to discover all the different ways it has helped to improve my chronic symptoms and pain along with some tips on how to get the best results.  But don’t take my word, click here to read third party reports and click here to visit Oska WellnessAnd as always, if you should decide to give PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse a try, my discount code DIVA will save you $55.00.

 

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Ten Signs That You Need a New Pain Management Plan

Ten Signs That You Need a New Pain Management Plan

Is your pain management plan working?

Here are 10 signs that it is NOT!

1. I often or always have to cancel plans

How many dates/appointments/commitments have you had to cancel in the past month?  How about past week? If you are canceling due to pain from your chronic illnesses more than once or twice a month, you need to make some changes.  It could be the products you are using to combat pain with or your own behavior that needs to change.  Are you respecting your body and modifying how you live? Do you pace your activity or are you running yourself into the ground?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. I dread waking up in the morning

Do you wake up with  a pain level that is equal or worse than what you went to bed with? That was my life when I was treating my chronic pain with prescription medications.  Opioids may have masked my pain enough to allow me to fall asleep or they would knock me out, but they didn’t improve my life.  Each morning I would wake up in more pain than I went to bed with and almost always woke to a headache.  An effective pain management plan shouldn’t have you dreading mornings, it should make you look forward to the next day.  I began enjoying mornings the day after I began medicating with cannabis.  As time passed, mornings became the best part of my day.  Since adding PEMF therapy, I look forward to waking up and going on adventures every day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. I am afraid to go to sleep

Do you fear going to bed? I did! Why? 1. Pain rarely allowed me to sleep more than a few hours at a time. 2. Unless I drugged myself to the point of passing out, pain would keep me awake.  3. I knew that my pain level would only increase throughout the night.  My painsomnia became so bad that I was rarely sleeping more than 2-4 hours at a time. I tried doing everything possible to distract my mind and would be up doing crossword puzzles or playing Words with Friends.  Since switching to a natural and alternative approach to pain relief, I no longer fear going to bed.  In fact I look forward to it.  Why? Because my pain management plan doesn’t just mask pain.  It actually addresses my pain sources.  Instead of hiding my pain for a few hours, it promotes healing.  I reach restorative levels of sleep and wake up ready to take on the day!

*Disclosure: I am NOT a medical professional and I am not issuing medical advice. This post contains affiliate links. Meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission from sales. The proceeds offset the expense of operating this site and fund the giveaways in my Fitness Buddy and Disneyability groups on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. I had to give up my favorite hobbies

If the reasons you have for not being able to continue with your favorite hobby are chronic pain and fatigue, you need a new pain management plan.  Combined with self care practices of pacing, acknowledging your body’s boundaries, and asking for assistance, a good pain management plan should allow you to do what you want.  During the first 5 years of treating my conditions naturally and alternatively, I was able to resume my favorite past times, just not in the way that I had done them before. Then approximately a year and a half after adding PEMF therapy to my plan, I was able to start partaking in those activities more like I did before my chronic illnesses hijacked my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. I spend my days and nights home alone

If chronic pain is preventing you from leaving the house, it is time to make a change.  However, before you make a change, make sure that you are doing everything possible to get out.  For example, are you willing to accept assistance from a friend or family member? Are you okay with using a mobility aid? Are your expectations of a day out with your illness/disability realistic?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Every time I turn around, I am being prescribed something new to combat side effects from my pain management plan.

How many prescriptions are you taking in hopes of relieving pain from your chronic illness?  I was given one prescription when I was first diagnosed, then within months a second, then a year later another, and so on and so on until I reached the point of being prescribed ten prescriptions.  Sadly not one of them addressed my illnesses or pain, instead they occasionally masked my pain. My pain progressed quickly and new symptoms were popping up all the time.  But these symptoms were NOT from my illnesses, even though everyone including my doctors blamed them on my diseases.  The new symptoms were actually side-effects from the medications that were supposed to be helping me.  Funny how I never had urinary tract infections before taking opioids, to getting them several times a year after.  Then NOT having another since quitting opioids six years ago. Don’t blindly accept that every new symptom is part of your illness, question everything!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  I get anxious when I think about leaving the house

Before treating my chronic pain naturally and alternatively, I developed an unhealthy fear of leaving the house.  I feared the pain I would experience just to get ready.  The fear of how much pain I would endure while out paralyzed me. The fear of how long it would take to return to the pain level that I could at least exist at kept me home.  Does this sound familiar?  A good pain management plan, along with healthy self care practices, will allow you to get out without fear.  This fear carried over after I switched my pain management plan, but after seeing and most importantly feeling how much my recovery time decreased, I learned to work with my body and became less fearful.  Now? I am fearless.  I don’t do what I can’t handle, I listen to my body, and most importantly I have a pain management plan that allows my body to heal from any pain accrued throughout my day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. I am always angry

How’s your attitude? During my pharma years, I was angry, bitter, and to be brutally honest I was not someone I would want to be around today.  At the time I blamed my chronic pain, but that wasn’t the only reason.  Pharmaceutical pain medications made me aggressive, short tempered, edgy, and depressed.  Since ditching pharma, I am happy, fun, excited for life, patient, and have a zest for life that I never thought was possible to have with multiple chronic illnesses.  If you are struggling with depression, take a look at your medication and talk to your doctor asap!

9.   I just want to enjoy a day doing what I want and not have to spend weeks or months recovering from it.

If your body is requiring weeks or months to recover from an outing or activity, you may need to alter your pain management plan.  You may also need to make adjustments to how you go about what you are doing.  Your body is different and you need to accept it.  Working with it and making modifications is the best thing you will ever do for your life and body.

 

10. I want to die

If you think that dying would be better than living and are considering suicide, seek help NOW!! Contact the Suicide Prevention Life line at  1-800-273-8255 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org .  A poor pain management and lack of a healthy self care plan will only intensify this feeling.  Don’t give up! Even if you can’t see it now, your life is worth living and there is hope for pain relief.  The process of figuring out the changes that need to take place isn’t easy and often requires getting over our own egos, but it is so worth it!!! Imagine if I had committed suicide like I had planned in 2012?  Look through my Instagram and Facebook feeds and see everything I would have missed.  Who knew I would be able to do what I can today? I sure didn’t?  But I am glad that I decided to hang around.  With a strong determination to improve how I lived and treated chronic pain I have learned to love life, even the bad days.

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If you answered yes to any number of these signs that your pain management plan isn’t working, then it is time to make a change!!!

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The Chronic Holiday To-Do List


The Chronic Holiday To-Do List: No Other List Matters!

The holiday season is all about lists.  Grocery lists, menus, gift lists, card lists etc…. We are constantly making lists to make sure that we don’t forget something or someone.  However, there is one list that is far more important than those I mentioned, in fact it is even more important than who is on Santa’s naughty or nice list!! Do you know what that is?  It is the Chronic Holiday To-Do List!!

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1. Pace and Plan

Plan ahead and expect to need time to recover from outings.  The weather is cooler, which for many equates to increased pain.  If this time of the year is tougher on your body than others, don’t plan your activities based on how you felt earlier in the year.  Plan enough time to finish your tasks.  Designate a larger than normal block of time so that you won’t be tempted to skip any rest periods your body may demand.

2. Watch what you eat

Avoid foods and beverages that you know are inflammation or pain triggers.  I suggest eating healthier than you normally do, because in addition to being busier than normal, you will also need to be strong enough to fight off germs.  Flu season doesn’t make an exception for the holidays! Your best defense is to strengthen your immune system.

3. Exercise

You don’t have to be in the gym for several hours a day or need to run for miles, but you do need to exercise.  Find a form of exercise that fits your schedule and pain level.  It may be something as simple as doing daily stretches, yoga, Pilates, or a walk up and down your street.  Just make sure to move your body every day!

4. Listen to your body

Don’t ignore your body’s needs, then get upset when it fails to meet your demands.  The holidays are not a time to test your limits or to push too far.  Rest when needed, even if you don’t want to. Sometimes our bodies just need a 20-30 minute rest before it can continue on.  Better to take that time to rest and be able to accomplish something later, then to push through, allow your pain to spiral out of control, and accomplish nothing.  On the flipside, if you find yourself with the stamina to get something done, DO IT!

5. Sleep

Not only is taking naps when needed necessary, but so is getting a good night’s sleep.  Plan time to relax before bedtime.  Do what you need to relax.  CBD capsules from BioCBD+ are perfect for helping me get to sleep.  I am ready to drift off into dreamland within an hour of taking one.  Take a bath, turn off the TV, listen to calm music, meditate/pray, just make sure to give yourself time to shake off the stress of the day.  Try sticking to a sleep schedule as well.  Aim to go to bed and to wake up around the same time every day.

6. Be proactive about relieving pain

The holiday season is not the time to prove how strong you are or how much pain you can endure! As I share in my eBook, Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life, you aren’t winning when you let your pain reach high levels before taking action.  Winners take precautions to prevent pain, like use a mobility aid or tool to make what they are doing less taxing on their body.  Winners also address pain the moment it presents itself and don’t push themselves to the point of passing out from pain.  My pain management plan addresses the source of pain caused by fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, adhesions, and degenerative disc disease.  Click here to check it out.

7. Delegate

Put your spouse and kids to work! There is no reason for all of the holiday planning to fall on you! Especially if those plans involve traditions that they want to keep doing.  Teach them what need to be done and let them go for it!  Have them help out with house and yardwork.  The key to getting your family to help is to not be overly critical if they don’t do things exactly like you do.

8. Under commit

You know your body. You know what it is capable of. Don’t make plans based off of what you WANT to do, plan them based on what you CAN do.  There were years when I knew that the only thing I could really commit to was going to church on Christmas Eve.  By only committing to what I felt my body could handle at that time, I didn’t have to cancel plans or let anyone down.  Never plan more than what your body can handle.  The best part is when your body surprises you with the strength and energy to do more than you planned.

9. Multitask

In addition to rallying your family to help with your holiday tasks, ask your friends to help out!  Time is precious when you live with a chronic illness, so use it wisely! Instead of trying to make time to catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee and then go home to wrap presents, ask them to come over for a coffee/present wrapping date! Have a group of friends over to help you decorate your tree or house.  Invite a friend to go shopping with you.  In one outing you will have finished your shopping, caught up with your friend, and even gotten in a little exercise!

10. Get real and over yourself! You are NOT Super Woman!!!

Stop trying to make the holidays perfect! Accept what you can do, do it, and rejoice in the fact that you could do it!! Don’t focus on what you couldn’t do or obsess on what others are doing.  The best gift you could give to you and your family this holiday season is to not end up in so much pain that you have to start the new year in the hospital or stuck in bed.  Life is simple, so stop trying to complicate it.

Dominate the holiday season and the rest of your chronic life by purchasing and downloading Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life today!

 

 

Dominate the Holidays with These Energy Saving Gift Ideas

Having one or more chronic illnesses and getting through the holiday season can feel like a recipe for disaster.  However, with a little planning and creativity, we can get through it without pushing ourselves too far.  Here are a few gift ideas that your friends, family, and body will love!

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1. Gift Cards

Gift cards make fantastic gifts when your energy level is non-existent.  Many can be purchased and delivered online, which will save you from having to go out to purchase or send them.  You can also take your gift up a notch by going to stores that you were already going to be going to for your basic needs.  For example, for a Pizza Hut Gift Card, you could purchase napkins and paper plates with holiday prints.  Boost your gift of a Red Box code by placing it along with popcorn, flavored seasonings, and candy into a large plastic bowl.

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This idea won’t only save you energy during the holidays, but it will also save you money! Give coupons to your friends and family that offer a service like house, pet, or baby sitting! Personally I wouldn’t offer baby sitting as that would be more exhausting than purchasing a gift, but if that is something you would like to do go for it!! These gifts are far more valuable than you might realize.  Watching and caring for a friend’s house and/or pet while they are on vacation saves them a large chunk of change and puts their mind to ease knowing someone who cares for them is on the job.

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3. Host a DIY decorating party

Give the gift of a handmade ornament or a gingerbread house.  But instead of you making the gifts, host a party and have your friends create their own masterpieces! There are a slew of gingerbread decorating kits on Amazon to make prepping easy. For ornaments you may want to purchase kits that have everything you need to make a particular ornament or a bunch of different items to give your guests options.

Whatever gifts you choose to give, remember that wearing yourself down to the point of not being able to function is not what the season is about.  Be good to yourself as well as those you love!

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Wishing you and yours and Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!

The Disabled Diva

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Countdown to 50: To make my dreams come true, I had to open my mind

 

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I had to open my mind to make my dreams come true!

Only a few more days left!!!!!

Had I not opened my mind and allowed myself to believe that there had to be a better way to treat chronic pain from fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, psoriasis, endometriosis, and degenerative disc disease, I wouldn’t be here today.  Wondering what it was that I needed to open my mind to?  Read on….

Prescriptions aren’t always the answer

To be clear, I am not completely anti-medicine.  I am however against medications that don’t enhance or improve a condition/symptom or that make life harder or more painful for the patient.  When chronic pain first hijacked my body, I went to my doctor knowing that his answer would come from his prescription pad.  What I didn’t expect was that each pill would end up making me sicker and destroy life as I knew it.

Cannabis isn’t just for hippies

I resisted trying cannabis for many reasons.  One being that I had a bad experience with laced pot in my younger years.  Another was that I didn’t want to labeled a stoner.  Click here to see what other reasons I have heard for not trying cannabis for pain relief. I had to open my mind and recognize that it wasn’t just hippies that were smoking it, there were already tons of patients successfully treating chronic pain and other disorders with it.  I wasn’t going to be the first housewife to try it, nor would I be the last.

*Disclosure: I am not a medical professional and am not issuing medical advice. 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 The Disabled Diva’s Fitness Buddies and Disneyability Group on Facebook.

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Be open to new ideas

When I first heard about PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse, I refused to believe that a simple device could relieve pain.  Yet it did that and more.  Thank goodness I didn’t give up after just a few uses, because what happened after a few months and now two years of using it has blown my mind.  Not just mine, but everyone who has witnessed my life since chronic pain began invading it in 2001.  But don’t just take my word for how well this piece of technology addresses inflammation and pain, click here to hear what others have to say too. BTW you can read about my experience from the beginning by clicking here.  I am an affiliate with Oska Wellness, the makers of Oska Pulse.  The reason I became one was to be able to offer my readers a discount on a device that, if used religiously and with patience, will change their lives.  So don’t forget to enter promo code DIVA at checkout to save $55.00.

Last but not least, if you are struggling to figure out how to live with chronic pain, check out my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch: How to Dominate Your Chronic Life.  In it I share lifestyle, pain management, and attitude changes that must take place.  You will be challenged and given the kick in the pants you need to make the next years of your life the best they can be! My book costs less than a venti caramel macchiato from Starbucks.  Isn’t your future worth a cup of coffee?

 

 

What are you waiting for?

 

Before my dreams of living the life I wanted could come true, I had to stop waiting.  What was I waiting on?  You name it and I was waiting on it!  Read on to see if you are still waiting on what I was……

A cure

My life was on hold, because I didn’t think it was possible to live the life I wanted with my chronic illnesses.  So I waited and waited.  I would make “plans” for the future, my future without pain. As you can guess, a cure, let alone pinpointing the cause of many of my chronic illnesses has yet to be found.

My doctors

I waited for my doctors to prescribe the perfect cocktail of pills to make my world better. Wasn’t it their job to heal me? To fix me? To make me feel better? To make my life livable? While it is partly their job, nothing they do will be effective if I didn’t take responsibility over my health. I had to eat right, exercise, pace myself, listen to my body, and find natural and alternative treatments to reduce inflammation and pain.

My family/friends

After giving up on a cure and my doctors, I put all the responsibility to make my life better on my family and friends. But I never told them!! I unrealistically expected them to fill the voids in my life and to make everything better.

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I was the only person who could make my life better.  I had to address my mental and physical health.  When plans A, B, and C failed, it was up to me to look outside the box and try something different.  Only I could bring joy into my life.  I had to stop waiting to love myself and start loving who I was right then and there no matter how sick I was.  I couldn’t expect friends and family to adjust their lives for me, I had to adjust my life for me.  Does any of this sound familiar?  It’s okay if you aren’t ready to admit it, heck it took me 13 years to admit it!!  When you are ready, be sure to download my eBook Make Pain Your Bitch for only $5.00.  That’s less than a venti caramel macchiato from Starbucks! Isn’t living a better life despite your chronic illness worth $5.00?  Click here to order your copy today. 

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