Why I’m sailing the Disney Dream tomorrow

Good evening,

This blog entry is fairly personal and only contains three pictures – all of which were taken on iPhones. Not even fancy new iPhones, since this was nearly three years ago. So, basically, skip this post if you’re looking for my usual content.

In December, 2010, I was on my way to work when another driver ran a stop sign, causing me to t-bone him at about 40mph. I had one foot on the brake and one foot on the clutch to stop… Unfortunately, there’s very little give in a clutch pedal, so all of the energy of the crash and the deceleration of my body and my car went into my left ankle.

For the visual learners in the crowd, this is what will happen to a human ankle subjected to over a thousand pounds of force:

Broken LegIt felt about as incredible as it looks in that picture. It still feels pretty… incredible.

Here’s the car that, quite literally, saved my life:

Broken Altima

Long story short, I have a 4″ plate, a 10″ plate, and about 14 screws to repair the nearly-twenty breaks I suffered that morning. I was 100% non-weight-bearing for four months, and still am undergoing physical therapy, orthopedic treatment, and may have more surgeries to deal with that split second of inattention by another driver.

During my time spent laying broken in bed, I read a lot of Disney blogs – my way of visiting the parks without being able to walk. (Shout out to Jack Spence, his blog was probably my number one salvation while laid up – please check out his blog!) One story I followed very closely was the launch of the Disney Dream. In the middle of one of my many sleepless nights, through the haze of insomnia and Tylenol 3, I promised – I SWORE – to myself that once I could walk well enough, I’d sail on the Disney Dream. Sailing the Disney Dream would prove to me, to everyone, that I wasn’t going to live a life defined by my newfound disability.

Tomorrow, September 8, 2013, I’m sailing on the Disney Dream. It’s a bittersweet situation for some personal reasons and for it reminding me of a really low point in my life… but I’m excited. I hope to bring back a lot of pictures to share with all of you, and I hope to have a blast at sea with Mickey and friends.

This is the ankle that’s going to take me around the Disney Dream, as it stands today, wish me well:

Plates

I’ve got three ankle braces (because I leave it on to swim), a cane, and know my limits…

See you guys soon!
-ADA
@AtDisneyAgain

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Lilly says:

    I’m wishing you the best of luck tomorrow, have all the fun you can have because you surely deserve it! I’m a huge fan of your blog and your twitter account! Makes me feel like I’m in my second home ( wdw ) that unfortunately I cant visit often, thank you for all the photos !

    1. Lilly, I’m glad I’m able to share the World with you in the way the Internet helped me when I couldn’t visit. What’s your twitter handle?
      -ADA

      1. You’re on the 4 night to Castaway Cay and Nassau, right? I’ve never been on a Disney Cruise, but they sound amazing!

      2. Sorry about the late reply. Correct, that’s the cruise I did. Enjoyed it a great deal.

  2. I’ll be looking forward to your pics and opinions since I haven’t been on a Disney cruise yet. Godspeed my friend!

    1. Thanks, Rich. I’ll bring back a ton of pics. :)

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