Hi Everyone! Welcome to my blog.
My name is Pat Faber. I am disabled and just happen to be a Disney Fan Extraordinaire.
I’ve always loved to travel. I used to joke that my suitcases were always packed and waiting by the door. Any excuse for a road trip.
Then, there came a time when I thought my traveling days were over.
In 2010 things changed drastically. Significant health issues severely impacted my life, forcing me to retire before I wanted to. The most disturbingchanges involved my vision and mobility.
You know how it is. All your working life you dream of a time when you can retire and do all those things you never had time for. For me that dream was to travel to all the places I’d never been. And travel back to my favorite places, especially Walt Disney World, of course.
By 2018 my physical condition was such that I thought any traveling was out of the question.
- I cannot walk more than a few steps without my rolling walker or mobility scooter.
- My vision is poor. I cannot accommodate to changes in light and am literally blind for a few seconds when going from dark to bright light or vice versa.
- I am an insulin dependent diabetic And therefore require a strict diet.
But I’m a fighter not a quitter.
And with a lot of planning, some compromises, a few mistakes, and plenty of missteps I’ve found a way to get back to traveling. Back to my favorite most magical place, Walt Disney World.
If I can do it, so can you!
Who Am I?
I’m not a professional Blogger, in fact this is my first real blog. I’m not a professional traveler our travel agent of any kind, either.
I retired in 2010 after 40 years in the nursing profession. Twenty-five years as a pediatric nurse practitioner and the last fifteen years as a nurse educator.
When I retired, I was at loose ends. I didn’t know what to do with myself when I didn’t have to get up to go to a job every day. I knew I would have to do something to fill my time, something productive, or I would go crazy.
Writing had always been a hobby of mine and I always said I would right that Great American novel once I retired. And so, I did. Well maybe not the Great American novel. Really that first effort was not great at all. But in the last 11 years I’ve written three novels and four middle grade adventure books. Three of these works I have self-published. I’ll link those below.
I also spent some of my time writing articles for a writer’s platform Medium.com. Articles about writing and Disney, two things I think I have some knowledge about.
I then thought why don’t I start a blog of my own. And this is the result.
Why This Blog?
Why should you listen to me?
I suppose you came to this site because you have a disability or know someone who does. And because you’re interested in travel and Walt Disney World.
But why listen to me? I’m not an expert, but as the saying goes, ‘I’ve been there done that’.
I came up with a plan and put it into action. Since 2018 when I nearly gave up traveling forever I have been to Walt Disney World three times and on a Disney cruise once. It would have been more. Trips planned for 2020 and early 2021 had to be cancelled because of COVID-19.
I won’t say it was easy. It wasn’t. Traveling with a disability is never easy. Hell, traveling in our busy, crowded, confusing world isn’t easy for anyone even those without limitations.
If you do have a disability, however, one thing you need to resign yourself to from the onset, is you will have to make compromises. You can’t do it all. There are just some things that will not be accessible despite accommodations.
But you may be surprised at what you can do if you put your mind to it and plan ahead.
This blog is for those of you out there who have a disability or are limited in some way or have a loved one who is. That’s why I started this blog. and why I hope it will be a value to you.
More specifically it is for those of you out there who are great Disney fans like me and really want to travel there again or for the first time.
Maybe my experiences, what I’ve learned, the mistakes I’ve made, will be a help to you. After all, if I can do it so can you.
Please follow me on my journey.
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Contact me. Let me know your experiences. If you have any questions, ask. if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find out for you.