I Survived Disneyland!

Hi everybody I’m finally back from holiday, needing another holiday to recover from that one. After two days of travelling to get home I finally have enough energy to put a post together.  My girls had the time of their lives, and even I was taken back to my childhood in a lot of ways. Every way we turned we were running into the characters of Disney and there were so many different highlights to the trip. One of the greatest moments though had to be when we were watching the Disney Parade. My five year old daughter turned to my wife and said “this really is the place where all your dreams come true!”. It was one of those moments that you’ll never forget.

One of my concerns when we set out on this trip was how I was going to do with all the walking that you have to do at Disneyland. I went prepared to rent a scooter if I had to but found it easier just to take frequent breaks, sitting where needed along the way where I needed to. With the crowds being the way that they were it was a lot easier to do it this way. As I got to the last day I could tell that my body was starting to tell me that I’d done enough, so I’m really happy that we went for the length of time that we did. If we had stayed any longer then I would have found it difficult to keep going. I paced myself well through this trip. With all distractions I’m sure it helped me in keeping my mind away from the pain.

Overall I felt good and that my CRPS wasn’t stopping me from doing the things I wanted to do. Really what it comes down to is that I feel as though I had control over the CRPS and not it having control over me. I was able to enjoy a family holiday and not spend the entire time in pain or wondering if what I was about to do was going to set off my condition. A lot of that was knowing my limitations and staying within them. You have to find a piece within yourself to know when to say enough and stop fighting your own mind. I went in to this trip saying to myself that I wasn’t going to push myself to hard and that I wasn’t going to let pride stand in the way.

There are too many highlights to the week to mention but one that can’t go without mention was when my eight year old daughter challenged me to going on the Tower of Terror. Let’s just say that it never happened! Yes! I’m a wimp but something doesn’t sound so appealing about dropping 10 stories in about 5 seconds. It seems as though I have a real thrill seeker in Emily because she also wanted to be on California Screamin which is a roller coaster that turns you upside down. I did manage to find it within myself to take my daughters on Dumbo which is more my speed!

It was a great week filled with memories for a lifetime and I’m glad for the most part that the pain stayed under really good control. Now it’s time to get back into routine and start with a hectic schedule once again. So I’ll talk to you all in a couple of days and I hope to get caught up on some of your blogs out there as well. I’ll post some more pictures of the trip in my next post as well.

 

 

About Ross

My name is Ross and I want to welcome you to my site. I'm married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and my soul mate all rolled up into one! I am the father of two very special girls who we adopted from China & Ethiopia. Together we make up one very multicultural family! In 2006 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD. It was the start of a journey I never could have expected, and one that I couldn't fight without God. CRPS is a chronic pain disease and it started in my left hand. I lost mobility of my hand and started to experience pain unlike I ever could have imagined. Not to long after my left ankle became affected. I spent the better half of about a year not knowing what was going on in my body and traveling from doctor to doctor to find a diagnosis. As time went by I started learning more about CRPS and all its symptoms that it brings with it! As I started to learn more about CRPS I felt the growing need to share the information I was learning with others and to raise more awareness. As well I want this to be a place where we can connect and support one another. So I would encourage you to contact me if you want.
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9 Responses to I Survived Disneyland!

  1. I’m so glad that Disney World was a success. It’s hard for it not to be, what with all the magic flying around. It’s wonderful to see that it was a time where you could also take your time and enjoy without too much pain.

    I received your photographs in the mail and they are BEAUTIFUL! Today is my sister’s birthday and I’m giving her photograph to her tonight. I have no doubt she will love it, but I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Thank you so much.

    Happy seeing beautiful!

  2. Patty says:

    Good for you, Ross! And…as far as that Tower of Terror thing….I’m so with you. Every day, I have the Commute of Terror and if I get to vacation, all I want is calm!

    By the way, your daughters? Gorgeous!

  3. Hi Ross,
    I’m so glad to hear that your family’s Disney trip was a success! It’s especially wonderful that you were able to enjoy this happy time, too.
    I do know the magic of Disney, as we took our daughter there when she was about your girl’s ages. Ours was a perfect trip, also. One that we will always cherish.
    Take care,
    Anna

  4. Liz says:

    It sounds like a wonderful time was had by all!! I’m looking forward to more images of your holiday.

    Thanks for your lovely comment on my post. It’s been a hard week.

  5. lisa says:

    Welcome back!!
    I am so glad you had a wonderful time.
    Truly the things memories are made of.

  6. Chris H says:

    How great that your trip went so well.
    I look forward to more photos.

  7. Amy says:

    What wonderful memories and fun photos! I’m so glad you were able to set those limits and enjoy your trip 😀

  8. Liz says:

    Beautiful images of your trip in both posts, Ross. Your girls are so gorgeous!!

    We have a Tower of Terror at Dreamworld (about 30 mins away on the Gold Coast). I have been on most rides there including the rollercoasters and the Tower of Terror I (which is different to yours)… it’s a very fast rollercoaster which travels at 161km/hr in reverse and rises 100m into the air. Apparently the tallest & fastest ride in the world. I’ve been on it back in 2007. They have rebuilt it since. I haven’t been on the Giant Drop (which sounds very much like your Tower of Terror).
    I won’t be able to do any of that anymore sadly, since my heart problems have become more severe and my injuries… I was a bit of a daredevil before 2009.

  9. They are too adorable…and I love the photos! So, so glad y’all had a wonderful time, Ross.

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