♥ Chronic Illness ♥ My Bucket List! ♥

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2. I love trying new things and being outside when I can!

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3. I also really love the water, something about it takes away some of my pain.

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3. I would LOVE to travel and help people from all over!!

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Those are somethings that are on my bucket list!! With having a chronic illness I want an even bigger challenge doing things iv been told I may not be able to do.

-Stay beautiful!

Cassie ♥

♥ Chronic Illness – What Kids Would Like To Carry!♥

I recently did a couple for adults but what about the kids?! Here is some fun and cute items that will make them happy and their trips easier!!

 ♥ Chronic Illness – What Kids Would Like To Carry!♥

*Links are down below*

A Bag!

I know from working with little kids and my siblings that they love to be like the older kids! Get them a small backpack to carry the following or other items in the bag!

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Coloring Books!

This will keep them busy and preoccupied in the car, doctors offices and more! Especially if you have to travel long distance.

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Something soft and cuddly!

It’s always comforting to have something you can hold and snuggle like a piece of home.

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Movies/Music Accessories

It can help comfort them and calm them down. Music is very good!

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Panda Bag: http://fashionkawaii.storenvy.com/products/8480184-fashion-cartoon-cute-panda-bag

Bunny Bag: http://fashionkawaii.storenvy.com/products/13376151-japanese-kawaii-lolita-bunny-backpack

Monster Bag: http://fashionkawaii.storenvy.com/products/12861406-students-cute-cartoon-monster-dinosaur-backpack

Personalized Bag: http://www.personalizationmall.com/Backpacks-c73.lp?fitemid=51808&did=310913&wordid=51808&utm_source=GoogleBase&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIg7bKkOmD1QIVTEsNCh1u0ATrEAkYGyABEgIhcvD_BwE

Coloring Book 1: https://www.amazon.com/Chibi-Animals-Coloring-Adorable-Delightful/dp/1544102054/ref=sr_1_44?ie=UTF8&qid=1499865584&sr=8-44&keywords=coloring+cute+coloring+book

Coloring Book 2: https://www.amazon.com/Dinosaur-Coloring-Book-Jumbo-Children/dp/1545244294/ref=sr_1_93?ie=UTF8&qid=1499866041&sr=8-93&keywords=coloring+cute+coloring+book

Coloring Book 3: https://www.amazon.com/Puppy-Coloring-Book-Speedy-Publishing/dp/168185581X/ref=sr_1_33?ie=UTF8&qid=1499870222&sr=8-33-spons&keywords=cute+coloring+book&psc=1

Coloring Book 4: https://www.amazon.com/Grumpy-Coloring-Dover-Books-Children/dp/0486791637/ref=sr_1_126?ie=UTF8&qid=1499870714&sr=8-126&keywords=cute+coloring+book

Bear plush and blanket set: https://www.amazon.com/Zuwit-Travel-Blanket-Pillow-Cushion/dp/B00FOK4FS4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499873969&sr=8-1&keywords=bear+and+pillow+hand+warmer

Lamb Pillow Set: https://www.amazon.com/Silver-Sherpa-Stuffed-Blanket-Children/dp/B01MYDNEQ9/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1499873543&sr=8-4&keywords=animal+and+blanket+set

Fox Blanket and plush set: https://www.amazon.com/Hudson-Baby-Plush-Blanket-Toy/dp/B06Y4GBYJ8/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1499874075&sr=8-2&keywords=little%2Bboy%2Bblanket%2Band%2Btoy&th=1

Flush headband: https://www.amazon.com/Kids-Headphones-Adjustable-Headband-Children/dp/B01LZ2WK9L/ref=sr_1_46?ie=UTF8&qid=1499874290&sr=8-46&keywords=children+car+accessories

Monkey Headphones: https://www.amazon.com/ReTrak-ETAUDFMNKY-Tangle-Free-Limiting-Headphones/dp/B00F7295BG/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1499874621&sr=8-12&keywords=kids+animal+headphones


Just thought to include the younger ones! I hope you enjoy these cute ideas!!

Stay Beautiful!


♥ Things everybody with chronic illness should have ♥

♥ What everyone with chronic illness should have! ♥

Links are at the bottom of the page!

Zebra plush!!

I love looking at zebras! It reminds me so much of the EDS/chronic illness community which I love and appreciate! We are zebra strong!!


A Zebra notebook!

I always write my blog post down into a tablet to remember and to get ideas flowing. It sticks out enough i can just grab it and go, it’s also a good journal! I write a lot of questions for my doctors in it as well! I know you could use a regular notebook or journal but… these are cute !!


journal      zebraboook         znote

Inspiration and courage!

You all can do this!!! Were Zebra strong!

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Relaxation time!

Just sit back relax and give your self a little break from everything and get comfortable. Enjoy your self, put on a mask and make it fun! Like this Zebra cool pack, it can help for many things; Swollen eyes, Waking up, and even take the ice pack out and have a little nap! Zzzzz

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Plush Zebra 1: https://www.amazon.com/Aurora-World-Precious-Moments-Embroidered/dp/B01N134T7I/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1499796206&sr=8-4&keywords=zebra+plush

Plush Zebra 2: https://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Zany-Zebra-Flopsie-Plush/dp/B004JRO59M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1499796206&sr=8-3&keywords=zebra+plush

Plush Zebra 3: https://www.amazon.com/Gund-Zeebs-Zebra-Stuffed-Animal/dp/B00YZ76FT4/ref=sr_1_8_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1499796206&sr=8-8&keywords=zebra+plush

Zebra notebook 1: https://www.amazon.com/Zebra-Journal-Diary-Notebook-Pauper/dp/144132030X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499798714&sr=8-1&keywords=zebra+notebook

Zebra notebook 2: https://www.amazon.com/Zebra-Notebook-Purple-Print-8-5/dp/1535208007/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1499799138&sr=8-5&keywords=zebra+notebook

Zebra notebook 3: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548193070/ref=sr_1_27?ie=UTF8&qid=1499799286&sr=8-27&keywords=zebra+notebook

Zebra face cool eye mask: https://www.amazon.com/Maison-Maxx-Sleeping-Eyeshade-Meditation/dp/B01KPXWF4K/ref=sr_1_5_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1499801144&sr=8-5&keywords=zebra%2Bsleep%2Bmask&th=1

Zebra facial mask: https://www.thecremeshop.com/products/white-pearl-face-mask-zebra-value-pack

Zebra headband: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Spa-Sister-Ultra-Dry-Microfiber-Headband-Zebra/725324542?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&adid=22222222227069027086&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=175390270000&wl4=pla-281824369421&wl5=9006614&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=online&wl12=725324542&wl13=&veh=sem

Stay Beautiful!


♥ Chronic Illness – How to make a car ride more comfortable! ♥

♥ How to make a car ride more comfortable! ♥

( Links will be at the bottom of the page)

Back support!

I never realized how important back support in the car is for us with back problems. My back is always achy and full of pain, this back support fits to my back in all the right places! They have multiple different kinds but i’m using this “lumbar back support” Prices range on where you look. The ones on Walmart website is half the price of Amazons But Amazon has more choices. It just depends on what you would be comfortable with and what would help!

Go Lumbar Support for Car | Super Soft Comfortable Easy Posture Solution for Back Pain n Poor Posture | Properly Aligns Spine to Ease Lower Back Pain | Cool Breathable Mesh Mostly Fit Any Cars | 533.4

Head and Neck support!

On long road trips I always seem to fall asleep. Because of all my joints i just can’t get comfortable or wake up regretting laying in that position! By using this it will keep your neck more stable and comfortable! I personally believe one like below would be the best, or even with micro-beads! Sometimes the filling on others can be uncomfortable and hard. You can find these many places! Just giving you an idea!


Compact Neck Pillow For Travel – Amazon.com


Micro-bead shaped U neck pillow! – Amazon.com


On long car rides in the passenger seat or in the back I like covering myself with a blanket. It keeps me warm, relaxes, and comforts me! Just a tiny fleece or flannel throw blanket for those times when you need it, can come in handy for many things! Also! Us with chronic illness a lot of times our body temperature fluctuates from hot to cold! There is never a in between (lol). I personally would look on Amazon.com they have many different choices for good prices! They make ones for all ages!! (Hint) Possible DIY coming soon! Keep an eye out!! 🙂

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Everyone loves push toys! Especially the younger ones! It’s always good for them to connect with something that they can carry around and take with them! A little bit of home in a soft plush and the bear pillow has hand warmers!

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Back support: https://www.amazon.com/Go-Lumbar-Support-Comfortable-Breathable/dp/B01N6S4KBP/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499793420&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=car+back+support&psc=1

Neck support 1: https://www.amazon.com/Compact-Headrest-Comfortable-Breathable-Suitable/dp/B06X9T8JZ4/ref=sr_1_55?ie=UTF8&qid=1499793545&sr=8-55&keywords=compact+travel+pillow

Neck support 2: https://www.amazon.com/Fashion-Bedroom-Airplane-Multi-Color-Beautiful/dp/B0731KW5VP/ref=sr_1_34?ie=UTF8&qid=1499793913&sr=8-34&keywords=microbead+shaped+u+pillow

2 in 1 plush Hamster : https://www.amazon.com/KOSBON-Hamster-Stuffed-Animal-Blanket/dp/B06XFQ9RV3/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1499793182&sr=8-3&keywords=cute+throw+blanket

Elephant throw blanket: https://www.amazon.com/COSMOZ-Dreaming-Elephant-Background-Lightweight/dp/B01JUITWRO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1499793319&sr=8-8&keywords=cute+throw+blanket

Zebra throw blanket: https://www.amazon.com/Flannel-Zebra-Print-Blanket-x60/dp/B016QMIEHG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1499793360&sr=8-7&keywords=zebra+throw+blanket

Plush Penguin: https://www.amazon.com/PomPom-Penguin-Plush-Brown-Aurora/dp/B00LYSVQ5K/ref=sr_1_46?ie=UTF8&qid=1499795229&sr=8-46&keywords=cute+plush

Bear Plush: https://www.amazon.com/Plush-Toy-Stuffed-Animal-Cushion/dp/B013D4ZDFQ/ref=sr_1_76?ie=UTF8&qid=1499795042&sr=8-76&keywords=cute%2Bplush&th=1

Plush turtle: https://www.amazon.com/Vintoys-Turtle-Plush-Stuffed-Animals/dp/B01M4RYJNK/ref=sr_1_119?ie=UTF8&qid=1499795361&sr=8-119&keywords=cute+plush

Stay Beautiful!


♥ Quotes That Describe My Chronic Illness ♥

♥ Quotes That Describe My Chronic Illness ♥











These are some quotes that I think of often.

I love going through and looking for quotes I relate to about certain things. It makes me realize that others are feeling how I am!!

-Stay Beautiful!


♥ A Cause Worth Your Attention ♥

Hello everyone! Today I would like to talk about another Strong Zebra that needs our help!

Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith is a 30 year old single mother of two beautiful children. In December of last year, after years of pain and about 8 years of on going tests, misdiagnosis’s and ill health, Samantha was finally diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). She was strong and independent up until January 2017, that’s when her world flipped upside down. She said “started to lose consciousness regularly, vomit blood, experience extreme head pain, multi organ involvement, chest pain and weakness in my limbs.” In March of 2017 Samantha had gotten bad news.. She was told she had Crainocervical Instability (CCI).

In her words “CCI means that the ligaments in the neck are too stretched and weakened to support my head. This is causing the top of my spine to squash my brain stem under the weight of my skull. My spine is compressing my spinal cord. My cervical discs are damaged and prolapsing. I feel the relentless agony of it every minute of the day in addition to the nerve damage.”

Now she faces many obstacles, her EDS makes her resistant to local anesthetics and many analgesics making pain relief not work.

She is trying to enjoy her life as everyday is getting tougher and tougher. She said “it’s incredible how my children’s laughter can relieve the pain for a fleeting moment.”

In this harsh reality, If she doesn’t raise money to get this surgery here in the States  it will cause organ failure, paralysis and then it will take her life. Savannah tells how it feels from her POV “I am in constant pain in my neck, head and spine and week in, week out my neurological damage is becoming harder to ignore. My body goes into shock if I stand for more than a few minutes and I have tachycardia, tremors, and visual/hearing disturbances.”

There are no surgeons qualified to operate on an EDS patient in the UK.

Savannah – “myself and my family have spent the last 8 years fighting and funding private care to get the answers I needed. Now, I find myself in the powerless situation where I can no longer work, run a business or pay for the lifesaving surgery I so desperately need.”

She only has a little while to raise £150,000 for the operation here in the US. A US surgeon who has developed a method to successfully complete this treatment on an EDS patient has a 95% success rate!

Please help Samantha to reach her goal so she can get this life saving surgery and continue to care and provide for her children.

She is almost there! We can do this!


Samantha’s YouCaring fundraising for her surgery!  https://www.youcaring.com/samanthasmith-788861


Stay Beautiful!


♥ Annabelle’s ♔ Challenge ♔ Charity ♥

♔ Annabelle’s Challenge Charity ♔

Hello everyone! Today I want to talk about something more serious. For my next couple posts i’m going to talk about people who are having great difficulties with EDS and could use some help!

As I was searching the internet trying to find out more about my illness I came across many wonderful and brave people going through tough times, one of them being Annabelle!

Annabelle has Vascular Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome (EDS). She was diagnosed at the young age of three after a series of three months in-depth testing.

Vascular EDS is one of the most serious of the illnesses, It weakens her collagen and puts her at risk for arterial or organ rupture. If she were to tear an artery she would face bigger obstacles such as – internal bleeding, stroke, shock, and in the seriousness of this disease, death. Vascular EDS is the leading cause of death within this serious illness.

Even going through such a serious problem, Annabelle and her family started a charity to help those With EDS vascular disorders! I’s amazing to see people coming together from all over the world to help and support one another.  If you want to know more abut Annabelle and her charity links are below! If we can come together and assist them to spread awareness that would be awesome!

Annabelle’s Website! – https://www.annabelleschallenge.org/

Annabelle’s Facebook! –  https://www.facebook.com/AnnabellesChallenge/

Feel free to donate and visit their shop on their website to help an amazing cause!

Click around their website to learn more about their amazing charity and to find out more about Annabelle!


-Stay Beautiful!



*I do NOT own the images or links above*

♥ How I Sleep With Chronic Pain!

How I Sleep With Chronic Pain

Hello! Back again with a post on a topic that people were wondering!

The question…How do I sleep with Chronic Pain? It’s tough and not easy, but lets go!

Pillows !

I LOVE pillows! That’s the only way i can get comfortable! I even use them during the day to help support my back when i am sitting! At night their a lifesaver! Especially for women! Us women have more curves than men do, it’s easy at night to get uncomfortable and feel restless. It’s nice to have a pillow for your head, the curve in your waist, and in between your knees. It levels your body out that way you can relax and sleep more comfortably! There is a pillow out called “All Nighter Total Body Pillow” You can order it online, it will make sleep much more comfortable for your body and less pain! You can order it off the Walmart website for about $45.00-$50.00! There are other sites as well just search “All Nighter Total Body Pillow” and pick which ever you like best!



Blankets !

I personally love blankets! I get cold a lot cause my skin is thin so I keep them near by, doesn’t matter if it’s Summer or Winter i have to sleep with multiple blankets! It gives me more of a comfort feeling being wrapped up in pillows and blankets! The image below shows the blanket i have and love! It’s called “Mainstays Plush Blanket”, You can order it from Walmart for around $10.00-$17.00. I’m sure you can find them elsewhere as well! I love it! Very soft and comfortable! Comes in a couple colors.


Massage Chair !

I know this isn’t convenient for most people but let me tell you, it’s a great purchase! Different modes to fit your needs and also heats up! Coming from someone with chronic back pain this is a LIFESAVER!!! It really helps the places that hurt the most through out my entire back. It gets under my shoulder blades and all the places that I work the most! I love using this before bed, it really helps me relax my muscles and helps with the pain. It’s called “Triple Shiatsu Massage Cushion With Heat” there are many others like it at http://www.homedics.com. I know the bigger ones are quite pricey, so they have smaller hand held ones that does it’s job and is affordable!


Braces !

I make sure i have all my braces on before bed so nothing dislocates and moves when i’m sleeping! Knees, ankles, wrist, fingers, etc. It’s a pain having to put them on constantly but you’ll be thankful you did it in the long run!

Now one thing !

Knowing that you guys are out there that could relate to my post or who are going and went through similar situations, that’s what makes me sleep. It warms my heart with all you visiting my blog! Even if i could help just one person with my post, that’s all I need! Were a family and were in this together! If any of you have questions or need someone PLEASE ask and message me! I would love to help you! Thank you all for your support and love! Zebra Strong!


-Stay Beautiful!


*I do NOT own any of the pictures above*