My youngest daughter, Lauren, brought us on her Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World earlier this month. While I supported this wish, I almost dreaded the amount of work it would involve. But her devotion and obsession with all things Disney, and her absolute obsession with the original Mickey Mouse characters (Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Daisy, et al), were too compelling to even think twice about it. I tried to forget how much footwork would be involved and completely focused on what a magical experience this would be for her. And it was! Goodness, it so was.
In advance of our trip, we: had consultations with Southwest Airlines management and operations personnel regarding the safe transportation of two 350 pound electric wheelchairs, met in-person with local TSA professionals to discuss security logistics, consulted with Orlando-based Vacation Mobility to determine which type of wheelchair accessible van would accommodate us, and finally had the stress-related aneurism I’d been waiting for. Just kidding, an aneurism is nothing to joke about. Though Lauren’s twin brother experienced a bowel obstruction emergency which almost required surgery two days before our trip. Kid! Please! Quit trying to steal attention from your sister’s Make-A-Wish trip! Just kidding. His bowel obstruction was mild but very real, and while it was resolved without affecting Lauren’s wish trip, it was highly stressful and made for a less-than-pleasant flight from Phoenix to Orlando that Sunday.
Our trip was so, so wonderful. Every minute of every day. It was hard, a lot of work to be sure. But frankly, being the parent of a disabled and medically fragile child is a lot of work–and a lot of love–during any normal day, so the days may as well take place in some of the planet’s best theme parks. Right?
Cassandra can be found on Twitter @aclevergirl. Learn more about her family’s unique challenges and why they have hope for a cure for muscular dystrophy at byrdsforacure.org.
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