My name is Abby and I spent six years as the caregiver for my husband, Ben. Ben had ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease and he passed away in August 2015 after a very brave 6-year battle. During that time, I was also the primary caregiver for my father, Jacob, who had prostate cancer and passed away in February 2014.
Ben and I were huge Disney fans and Disney remains my comfort and joy. During his illness, I started to jot down Disney movies, characters, quotes, lyrics, etc. that I related to as a caregiver. And, there were many wonderful memories from our visits to Walt Disney World that also provided cheer. These were things that motivated me, validated my feelings, or just made me smile when I didn’t think I could. Some of these relate to my work as a caregiver and some of these apply to the grieving process.
I decided to start a blog, using these inspirations as a way to share experiences, and offer insights to caregivers who, like myself, are redefining themselves and the world around them as they give of themselves to another. It is my hope that, with your participation, we will build a community that will help us all find strength, peace, laughter and love, and even some Disney magic.
Though some visitors to this blog may be skeptical of the Disney connection, it’s not all about the happy endings. There is substance along with the cuteness! As Peter Pan said, you need “faith, trust and pixie dust.”
Thank you for stopping by. I welcome you to join me on this journey.