Summer Vacation with Relapsing MS By Donnie, Father, Husband, Project Leader, Former Athlete • July 10, 2018
The summer of 2018 is one that I have been looking forward to for a long time. This summer is going to be a big one for my family because we will be celebrating 3 significant occasions with one incredible vacation. And I’m planning ahead to make sure I can still make memories with my family despite my relapsing MS.
The first reason to celebrate is that our youngest daughter, Hannah, is graduating from high school. During her 4 years in high school, she has already completed several college courses. She is an honor student and will graduate ranked near the top of her class. Right now she’s undecided on a career choice, but I have no doubt she will be successful in whatever she chooses.
Our oldest daughter, Brooklyn, is graduating from college this summer. She has been on the dean’s list each year and will graduate with honors. She’s earning a degree in political science and a minor in criminal justice and plans on attending graduate school in the fall.
To say that I am proud of these two young ladies would be an understatement.
Last, but not least, my wife and I have reached a very special milestone—25 years of marriage. Melissa and I are so lucky to share a love that many people never experience. She’s my trusted Care Partner, and even through all of my challenges with relapsing MS, our love is as strong today as it was 25 years ago.
So how are we going to pay tribute to each of these awesome occasions this summer? We are going to the home of a certain famous mouse, a theme park known as the happiest place on earth! The original plan was do something separate for each occasion, but we decided we wanted to make one big memory that we will never forget. We’ve taken the girls to this theme park before, but they were very young.
I realize going to one of the most popular theme parks in the world in the middle of the summer is going to pose some challenges. Lots of crowds and lots of heat are at the top of the list. While I plan on exploring the parks, I’m also looking forward to spending a lot of time relaxing in the pool and taking advantage of the indoor activities offered, so I can get out of the sun and into the air-conditioning. It might just take a little extra planning.
Throughout my years with RMS, I have taken on all kinds of challenges. But no matter what obstacles I may face, I am excited about this trip and celebrating with my family. I am looking forward to enjoying these special times and making happy memories.
How do you plan ahead when you take a vacation? Let me know.
- LIVING WITH RELAPSING MS
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