2014 has definitely been a magical year for me. No I was not cured nor was my pain less than normal. What made this past year magical was that I allowed myself to have fun! Living in pain means having very few days with a pain level low enough to tackle all the things that I am unable to do when I am confined to my bed. In the past I would exhaust myself playing catch up during those “good” days and never had time to do anything that I actually enjoyed. But that changed in 2014. This year I chose to enjoy my “good” days. I have come to accept that I will never catch up and am okay with letting some things slide. For the first time in a LONG time instead of feeling blue about the year ending I am overwhelmed with joy at the memories made with family and friends.
The best parts of 2014 were the memories made and laughs shared at Disneyland with friends and family. Being able to spend time at my favorite place with some of my favorite people has been the greatest gift of all. I may not always be up for going on rides every time we visit the park, but unless I am unable to lift my head from my pillow I am always up for a day of Disney Magic. Disneyland is my therapy! There is no such thing as a bad day at Disneyland!! But it also serves as a form of physical therapy as well. I have suffered from adhesion pain for many years and long ago discovered that going on fast and wild rides helps to release the adhesions from my side wall which reduces my pain. I’ll take my Disneyland therapy over surgery any day!!! As this was my first year being an Annual Passholder rather than just visiting once a year, I was treated to many Disney firsts. I attended my first 24 hour party and spent my first Halloween with Mickey! I also tried my first Dole Whip and Mattahorn Macaroon which are both amazing! Living in Socal and having an annual pass has taken the “vacation” stress out of my Disneyland visits and is why Disney is no longer an obsession of mine, instead it is my way of life.
I was fortunate to be able to join my husband on a few business trips and was able to see more of this beautiful state that I call home. I was also blessed to be able to spend a week in Arizona with family and friends earlier in the year. This was definitely a year to remember! It also serves as a reminder for when I catch myself fretting over something that really isn’t a big deal to just do what Elsa says and “let it go”!!!
I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for me! Just like last year I plan to be at Disneyland several times a month, so if you see me rolling by don’t be shy!! Say hi!!!
The Disabled Diva
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