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Friday, November 20, 2009

Where the Magic Begins....

I am not a supersticious person, but I did not want to write anything.... until we had our tickets.

Well, now we have them, so I can share our news:

We are going to Orlando!! 

Some very generous people have made it possible for us to go and we are SO EXCITED!!

We have not had a real family vacation for ten years! 

The last time we went to Orlando, we were on the way to my brother's wedding.  We couldn't really afford it then either.  But I had just gotten over a year of post-op infections, following a "simple" hernia repair that turned into a nightmare, including two month long hospitalizations:  the first time for sepsis (by the time my best friend convinced me to go to the ER, I was already going into shock); the second time coincided with Pesach, which I spent in the hospital, away from my kids.  Having such a serious infection (I did not realize I could have died until months later), made me understand that "life is short."  So we went to Disney and Universal and had a magical family experience.

Our kids were really little then.

For years, we have dreamed of taking them to Orlando when they were older.  But we could never justify the expense.

When I mentioned this dream, during one of my visits with our oncologist, he told us "don't wait"  -- not because I have cancer, but because you never know what the future will bring....

Moshe and I LOVE Disney and Universal.  They are our favorite places in the whole world (besides Israel). We went there, for the first time, on our honeymoon.

Moshe's fantasy job is doing programming for Disney (and working in the underground studios).  But you can't work in Orlando and live in Israel.....

I wanted to wait until the Harry Potter park opened, but that will not be until the spring.

The thing is, right now, my chemo is in pills, so traveling is much easier.  We don't need to worry about infusions or how to get them or how to transfer the medication.  But, we don't know for how long this chemo will work.  No one knows what drugs I will be taking this spring....

So, we are not waiting.

If we could, we would go once a year.

There is so much to do in Orlando, and we are such little kids (don't be fooled by these "grown up" bodies), we could play there forever!



Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,
RivkA

21 comments:

tesyaa said...

I am so happy for you and your family!

Hadassah said...

you guys will have a wonderful vacation. Enjoy!!

Anonymous said...

Can I say, especially after your recent posts, you certainly need and deserve a vacation! I'm so glad this is happening for you. Have a blast! I think it's better you're going now. If you wait until Harry Potter opens, the lines will probably be so long and it will be super crowded. And there's so much there to do even without that. Enjoy!

-ss

Staying Afloat said...

Can you hear me screaming?

If you make it to Epcot, say hi to Figment for me. He's the original purple dinosaur-thing, and I met him when I was 7. Haven't been back since.

MommaMindy said...

Congrats! I am more than happy for you, hubby and children.

Karen said...

You'll have to tell me what happened. Sorry I wasn't able to be of more help.

Rivster said...

How wonderful!!! What a wonderful opportunity. I am so glad that you guys will be able to go..and take a vacation from everything...and relive some great memories...and make some new ones!!!

michele said...

How great. Enjoy every moment. Shabbat shalom.

mikimi said...

what a gift!
enjoy yourselves.

Anonymous said...

Sounds great - have a wonderful time! are you going during chanuka?

hugs and happy healing thoughts ;-)

BW

orieyenta said...

Yay! Very excited for you and the family (and always happy to hear when people are coming to visit our sunny state!)

Baila said...

That is so great! And so much blog fodder :-)

Shavua Tov.

Shelly said...

I am so happy for you. Have a wonderful time!!

throwslikeagirl74 said...

Hooray DisneyWorld!

Batya said...

Wow! Enjoy. Honestly I've never been there, so you'll have to tell me all about it!!

Seize the day!

Anonymous said...

you going to take a vacation also from your computer?? or will we get a play by play accounting?

Funny, my husband and I also went to Disneyland for our honeymoon, but in California.

It's good you're going now - won't be so hot, and maybe lines will be shorter (than summer) (or spring)

Klara

Karen said...

How exciting!

tafka pp said...

Jealous! Have an amazing time...

Anonymous said...

It is great to hear such marvelous news! Can't wait to get all the details. I hate traveling myself butI love hearing about other peoples trips :)
Love,
Ellen L.

RivkA with a capital A said...

Karen (8:35)-- please don't feel bad! you were a tremendous help. we all have to do what we have to do, and family comes first.


BW -- can't say when we are going exactly.... that would be like putting an ad in the paper, welcoming thieves....

Orieyenta -- do you live in Florida??

Baila -- Oh man, I have to check if we will have internet access!!

Throwslikeagirl --whoop, whoop, Whoop, WHOOP!!

Batya -- you can count on it!! Carpe Diem!!

Klara -- no time for play by play.... we will be too busy playing!! ;-)

Tafka PP -- No, don't be jealous! Start your Disney Fund today!!! (everyone should have one!!)

Jumblerant said...

we were there Pesach 08 and had an amazing time. I suggest you Google the Disney forums as they tell you all the hints and tips.

My sister is the Chabad House 7 miles from Miami so if u need to spend a Shabbat there just drop me a line...