I would trade my Multiple Sclerosis experience at the drop of a hat, but if I have to weather this storm, I’ll take advantage of the rainbows! A motorized wheelchair at Disney World is definitely a rainbow!
I adopted a four year old girl from my cousin’s foster home. Lilli grew up to be a happy, beautiful now 17yr old, but it wasn’t always that way. She had a very difficult beginning. After her birth mom, a paranoid schizophrenic, seriously abused her, Lilli was abandoned at the age of 10 months and put into my cousin’s foster home.
The first few years after we adopted Lilli were difficult for her and for us. Suffering from attachment disorder, being taken out of my cousin’s temporary home and being put into ours made her feel like she was abandoned by my cousin, the only mother she ever knew.
When Lilli was 8 years old, I learned about the Sunshine Foundation who granted wishes to terminally ill and abused children.
Lilli’s greatest wish was to go to the Cinderella Castle at Disney World. Her wish was granted and the Sunshine Foundation flew the entire family to Florida for 5 glorious days at Disney World! Lilli was the happiest child ever!
Disney World December 2001
I was in the beginning stages of Multiple Sclerosis. I was still able to walk short distances with the assistance of a cane, but walking long distances and standing in lines for long periods of time was out of the question. My husband rented a motorized wheelchair for under $50 a day and I was as mobile as the kids!
Lilli was the most popular member of our family for getting us there, I took over in the hierarchy of popularity when I was able, by virtue of the wheelchair, to get all ten of us in the front of every line. I wouldn’t allow any pictures to be taken with me in the wheelchair, I wasn’t ready to admit that it was a necessity.
I’ll say it again, I would trade my MS experience at the drop of a hat, but if I have to weather this storm, I’ll take advantage of the rainbows!
Have you had the opportunity to take your children to Disney World? Hopefully you didn’t need a motorized wheelchair, but if you did, was it an emotional stress for you, as it was for me, cutting in front of all the people waiting in line?