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Welcome to those of you joining me from In the Mouse House and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month, we’re talking about ways that Disney can help with grief and sorrow.
The days surrounding September 11th always bring thoughts of grief and sorrow as we remember that awful event that took place in our country. “Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?” We thought that, rather than dwelling on the sadness, we’d share ways that Disney has helped each one of us to deal with sadness, stress, and pain. Of course, we each have a very different story to tell; but the common denominator is the same = DISNEY.
The other week here on my blog, I shared the story of my experience with Transient Global Amnesia. I’m not going to take the time to share it all again; so, if you’re interested, I hope you’ll click on the link. I had to pull out my 2012 calendar because I wasn’t at all sure of the dates — my amnesia took place on January 7th and wiped out many of my memories both from that day and several of the weeks proceeding it (including Christmas).
Rehashing my friend Sue’s death – over and over again during the course of that day – was not only painful, but emotionally draining as well. Over the course of the days to follow, I kept remembering my mom telling me that Sue had died, and how each time I cried and mourned for her (despite the fact that she had died almost 2 years previously).
I needed to find something new to focus on, so that I could move forward.
Fortunately for me, we had a Disney vacation planned. We were scheduled to leave on January 25th.
The doctor told my family to ban me from the computer (there was too much going on there that I didn’t need to see at that time).
Our trip was planned, down to the smallest minute detail.
But, considering as how there isn’t a day that ever goes by in “the life of Heidi” that I don’t research some aspect of Disney, that didn’t stop me.
Propped up on the recliner and surrounded by a bunch of Disney planning books, I anticipated the coming of this trip probably more than any other.
And finally the day arrived to leave . . .
I’ve said it MANY times before, but there is something SO MAGICAL about Walt Disney World. The minute we cross under the arches, it’s like all cares can be put aside. I immediately become a kid again, without a care in the world. There is no stress at Disney. There is no sorrow at Disney. There is just happy and carefree. And it is wonderful!
Here are just a few things about that particular trip that really helped in my healing process:
- On the way down, we got to stop and visit with my dear friend Christi and her family.
- On our first night on Disney property, we headed to Fort Wilderness and experienced Hoop-Dee-Doo for the very first time. If that’s not enough to make someone smile, I don’t know what is!
- I got to spend quality time with my family, away from home (with all its many distractions).
- Brian and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary, so we got LOTS & LOTS of greetings from Cast Members and even a special surprise at the American Adventure show!
- We built 2 “free” days into our schedule – one for doing some new-to-us experiences and visiting with friends, and another for a resort-hopping day.
- Several friends met up with Ashley and me for tea at the Grand Floridian. Just sitting around a table with these special ladies (and girls) was healing in so many different ways. I treasure each one of them and wish we could make this at least an annual event!
- I got to hug my pal Mickey Mouse.
There’s just something about Disney. No matter what’s going on in my life, each time I visit I feel renewed and refreshed.
What about YOU?
I’d love to hear your stories about how Disney has helped you deal with grief, sorrow, or stress.
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Saving Up for Disney.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
2nd Stop ~ In the Mouse House
3rd Stop ~ Heidi’s Head (you are here!)
4th Stop ~ Saving Up for Disney
Final Stop ~ Journeys from a Follower