When I first started JMorris Travel (10+ years ago) it was to help families like mine, who had children with special needs. I never dreamed my family would become so changed where I was the one with special needs!
Yes, my son is still living with us at almost 21, and will be for the foreseeable future, but we have learned to cope with his special needs in a way that almost make them seem non existent. In fact, most people don’t realize he has any disability when the first see him. Whether that be on the softball field or playing anytime of video game, or in public. It is only after spending a bit of time with him that it becomes noticeable.
Between therapy and medication he is doing so much better in his normal environment.
However, as I age, it seems every day I get a new diagnosis!
First it was diabetes. Not a major problem, more of an inconvenience. I managed by being careful about what I ate, taking my meds and when at Disney having ONE BITE of a Mickey Bar, then giving it to one of the kids, or ONE taste of a Dole Whip. I allowed myself that one bite each day while at Disney.
Then, last year it was a small heart attack. Very small and minor, but I had to give up salt because of unrelated High blood pressure and Caffeine because of the irregular heart beat that caused the heart attack. (With the alternative being a pacemaker, I don’t think it was too large a sacrifice)
Now, I have lung issues. Some left over from the heart attack some left over from Covid, but mainly seems to be either asthma or chronic bronchitis. Add that to my chronic dizziness (when it is chronic they no longer call it vertigo), walking is getting problematic and a scooter is the only way I can do the parks at all!
Getting old is NOT for the weak!
But it HAS opened my eyes to a whole different way of being “special needs”. While at the present time, most of my needs are met by using a scooter in the parks and watching my diet like a hawk, I’m sure that a time will come when I will need more accommodations to have my needs met.
I have not said all that to make you feel sorry for me. I’m fine with the new (almost 68 year old) me. I’ve said that so that you will know when I say Families with Special Needs, I’m not talking about just the Special Needs kids! I’m talking about us not so young ‘kids’ who still like to go to the parks! I’m talking about multi-generational trips (my favorite kind!). I’m talking about families of all ages who have someone in their family that has special needs and still enjoys going to Universal or Disney, the beach or cruising!
Contact us and let’s get started planning your next family trip!
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