• Why Shopping is not easy with a wheelchair - Displays, rude customers and other issues in stores make it very difficult to manuever. #Accessibility #Wheelchair #Disability #Christmas

    Why Holiday Shopping is not Easy with a Wheelchair

    I was able to go do some Christmas Shopping on Black Friday. It was wonderful to get out and to be around the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. What made this excursion even better was that my sister and her family was down for a visit. What made this shopping trip difficult was that I decided to use my wheelchair so I would be able to have energy to enjoy it. I wrote before in Why I Hesitate to Use My Mobility Devices, about how I struggle with using my wheelchair. This outing was a reminder of why shopping is not easy with a wheelchair. Why Shopping is not Easy…

  • Ways to Guard your Mental Health During the Holidays - Great tips for making sure the holiday season doesn't leave you with a mental breakdown. #MentalHealth #Holidays #ChristmasTips

    5 Ways to Guard your Mental Health during the Holidays

    To some, the holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year but the time period between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be difficult for several reasons. Issues within the family, a recent loss of a family member, health crises and other struggles can make the holiday season difficult to manage. When you include the enormous amount of holiday activities being exhausted only makes the season stressful. When you add in the colder weather and less sunlight each day, seasonal depression and health issues can compound to make the season less than merry and bright. With all of this in mind, finding ways to guard your mental…

  • Status Migrainosus is a migraine that lasts 72 hours or more and can be a serious medical emergency that can cause a stroke. #MigraineStatus #StatusMigrainous #StatusMigrainosus #IntractableMigraine

    Migraine Explained: Status Migrainosus

    If you have Chronic Migraine, you have probably heard the words, Status Migrainosus or Status Migraine. They are the most dreaded words in the Migraine community. Other words doctors use is Intractable Migraine and in very basic terms means the migraine will not go away. There is much more to know about Status Migrainosus because it doesn’t always present in the same ways for everyone. When Does it Become Status Migrainosus? To get diagnosed the migraine must have last for at least 72 hours but that doesn’t have to be consecutive. Another words, medications may provide relief but it is temporary. The migraine will return as soon as the medication…

  • Lights, music, smells and large gatherings all create opportunities for Sensory Overload. Here are 6 ways to avoid sensory overload during the holidays. #Christmas #Holidays #ChronicIllness

    6 Ways to Avoid Sensory Overload During the Holidays

    Many types of Chronic Illnesses are affected by sensory overload. It can make symptoms worse and make treatments inadequate. But what is Sensory Overload? It occurs when one or more of the body’s senses experiences over-stimulation from the environment around them. Too much noise in itself may not be enough to tip the scales but if bright lights are also there the brain can be impacted. For me, too many sensory factors at one time can trigger significantly worse than normal Hemiplegic Migraines. A public place with fluorescent lighting, loud noise and strong smells is a definite recipe for a severe Hemiplegic Migraine. Unfortunately, the holiday season is full of crowded rooms, music, smells and…

  • Managing stress during the holidays is the only way to ensure that you get to enjoy the holiday season. Here are 5 Ways to Survive the Holidays! - #Christmas #Stress #HolidayTips

    5 Ways to Survive the Holidays

    When you have Chronic Migraine, the holiday season can be difficult to manuever. There are parties to attend, gifts to buy and activities to take part in. All of these things equals stress that can trigger migraines that can stop you in your tracks. There are things you can do to help you survive the holidays. Stress Explained There is a misconception that stress comes from bad things and nothing could be further from the truth. Some of our most happy moments are stressful including weddings and having a baby. Not all stress is bad stress but that doesn’t mean that our bodies react to it in good ways. Unfortunately,…

  • Sweet and Creamy Homemade Hot Chocolate made in a slow cooker or crock pot is the perfect beverage for a holiday or winter gathering. My family loves this on Christmas Eve! #HotChocolate #Christmas

    Jen’s Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

    For at least 10 years, I have made Homemade Hot Chocolate for our family Christmas Eve gathering. It has always been a hit with everyone. This warm delicious drink is now synonymous with my thoughts of Christmas! I have tweaked the recipe that I found many years ago and now consider this my own recipe.  In fact, I can’t even seem to locate the original recipe that I used in the beginning. I hope you enjoy this and add it to your family Christmas traditions! Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate Serving Suggestions This is perfect for any winter gathering for several reasons. It is easy to make It is easy to…

  • Sometimes Family Gatherings during the Holidays do not go as smooth as they should. If you have a Chronic Illness the hard conversations inevitably will come. Here are 5 of the more common ones and how to avoid the. - #Christmas #ChronicIllness

    5 Hard Conversations to Avoid During the Holidays

    Everyone has that one person at their holiday gatherings that has no tact or asks rude questions. This is probably even more noticeable to people that have a chronic illness. We are used to having  hard conversations with those relatives that just don’t know how to keep their opinions to themselves. What Hard Conversations? “Well you don’t look sick” – This is one of the most inconsiderate statements that someone can make to someone that is chronically ill. Most chronic illnesses can’t be seen on the outside and are considered, “invisible Illness”. HOw I look doesn’t determine how I feel on the vast majority of days. “Shouldn’t you Try a New…

  • Book Lovers can be hard to buy for at Christmas but here is a list of great things that every book lover will be happy to receive! - #GiftGuide #Christmas

    4 Book Lover Gift Ideas

    Christmas shopping is in full swing and I wanted to share some great ideas for the book lover in your life. Book Lover Gift Idea #1 I personally love to listen to audiobooks and I use Audible.com for my audiobook needs. I listen to audiobooks when I have a migraine because it distracts me from my pain. But I also love audiobooks because I don’t have to stop what I am doing to read. If you want to give the gift of Audio Books, click the banner below! Book Lover Gift Idea #2 E-Readers are a popular gifts because it cuts down on the necessity for storing lots of books.…

  • Save some room in the oven and make the Green Bean Casserole in a Slow Cooker Casserole Dish! #Thanksgiving #slowcooker

    Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

    Thanksgiving is in 2 weeks and I can already smell the turkey and imagine enjoying time with family. There is just one problem about making a big meal and that is not having enough room in the oven. It can be hard to juggle a turkey, the macaroni and cheese and the green bean casserole! That is where the slow cooker casserole dish can be a lifesaver! The possibilities are endless of what can be made in these slow cooker casseroles. Any casserole recipe can be converted to work for the slow cooker! Exciting, right? Now you can pull up all of your favorites and make them to be ready…

  • Power in the Story - Elizabeth, The Uncustomary Housewife #MentalHealth #Rebuilding

    Power in the Story: Elizabeth from The Uncustomary Housewife

    This week, my Power in the Story featured blogger is someone that I just “clicked” with instantly. Elizabeth’s friendly and kind personality is infectious and her capacity to care for others is phenomenal. The Uncustomary Housewife is a blog that features her journey with Mental Illness and her role as a housewife. She does this with a unique flair that is fun and entertaining. Her Blog has also been awarded the prestigious Top 100 Housewife Blogs on the Web Award! Elizabeth hopes that her blog will inspire kindness and happiness while helping readers realize that they are not alone. In my opinion, her blog does that and more! I am…