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Old 10-06-2009, 10:51 AM   #1
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The Baggot Family's END OF CHEMO END OF CANCER PRE Trip Report and Trip Report!!!!

This Trip has been planned for more than a year now! I can't believe we leave in 3 weeks less a day! This trip was planned to Celebrate my now 18 yr old DD's End of Chemo/End of Cancer/End of post treamtent issues!
She was granted a wish through "The Chidlren's Wish Foundation" 3 1/2 years ago when she was only 1 year into a 2 1/2 year treatment protocol. We are about to revisit that exact same WISH but on our own dime this time! I never imagined we could do this on our own dime, but wow, what motivation, detemination and a lot of planning CAN DO! DD has been through SO MUCH, she SO deserves this Vacation as much as the Rest of us!

The CAST:
ME: Mom,
DH
DD18
DS16
DS12
and DS6

This is a Disney Land and Sea Vacation, NO FLIGHTS INVOLVED
This will be for all of us, a FIRST TIME DRIVING TO ORLANDO! Should be fun, it's a 23 some hour trip. Spreading the drive down out over 3 days, pehaps driving 8 hours a day give or take.

My DS6's Countdown chain:
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Tasks Completed up to this point:
ADR's
1 1/2 of 6 pirate cosutmes
Itinerary
FE Gifts
Packing started
Letters to the kids schools (see below how I wrote them up)


Older 3 are at the High School, so I did one letter for all three of them, and made copies for them to hand into the office and to each teacher.



To: Holy Trinity Teachers For Taryn, Geoffrey and Daniel Baggott,

Our Family is going on Holiday this fall. We are taking our Children on a Disney Land and Sea Vacation to Celebrate our Daughters End of Chemo/End of Cancer! This vacation was booked more than a year in advance and time is now flying.
We are driving to Florida and will be leaving on Sunday Oct. 25th and will return Sun. Nov. 8th. Thus Taryn, Geoffrey and Daniel will be absent from school during this time.
As it is a lengthy trip, we will certainly have time for all our children to work on some school work so that they don’t fall behind.
I would love to take a package with us for Daniel, with any work the rest of the class will be working on in his absence. Please work out with Taryn and Geoffrey what they need to take/do while absent. There is plenty of time on the drive down and back, plus evenings in the hotel there and back, for the kids to do some work. If there are any tests scheduled during their absence, can it be arranged for them to either write them the Friday before we leave or soon after we are back?


Thank you.


And for my youngest




To: Mrs. Walsh

Our Family is going on Holiday this fall. We are taking our Children on a Disney Land and Sea Vacation to Celebrate our Daughters End of Chemo/End of Cancer! This vacation was booked more than a year in advance and time is now flying.
We are driving to Florida and will be leaving on Sunday Oct. 25th and will return Sun. Nov. 8th. Thus Tim will be absent from school during this time.
As it is a lengthy trip, we will certainly have time for all our children to work on some school work so that they don’t fall behind.
I would love to take a package with us for Tim, with any work sheets ect. the rest of the class will be working on in his absence.
I have made up some bingo travel games with simple words of things he is likely to see on the way down, and a game of spot the license plate. I’ve also found online a printable “Sink the battle ship game” which will have him counting and plotting points on paper. He will be bringing his leap pad read and write board (he loves that thing), and some new books for it. If you are able to put together a package of work for him, that will round out his “School on the road” for him.
Tim will be in Magic Kingdom for Halloween, and is sure to have a blast. But he has said to me on more than one occasion that he has to wear black and orange to school that day. I don’t know if it’s the concept of time he’s not catching or if he really feels he is going to miss out on something by not being here. I’ll work on that with him.

Thank you.


Tasks TO BE Completed within the next 2 weeks
Finish 4 1/2 Pirate Costumes
Finish Packing
Clean my house!
Get Travellers cheques
MAKE FE!!!!
Finish up Door Magnets


The older kids are FINALLY getting excited about this trip, my youngest has been excited about it since we told him a year ago! He see's/Makes MICKEY HEADS EVERYWHERE!
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Next update will hopefully have photos of Completed Costumes and FE!
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:44 PM   #2
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Great start! Looking forward to reading the rest. I'm glad to hear your dd is at the end of her treatment. May she have continued good health!

I love your son's countdown board. What a wonderful idea.

Many years ago, we took my nephew to WDW for his 8th b-day. For one of his school projects, he got a passport from EPCOT and went around to the different countries and got stamps in his book. He also had to ask each CM to write in their native language (and also in English) what their country imported into the U.S. and what we exported to them. Just a little something to help him learn about each country visited. It was such a success that it took almost two weeks for him to bring the project back home, as his teacher was passing it around to other teachers! Disney's not just a vacation! Just don't tell them they are learning something in the process!
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:30 AM   #3
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Wow! Congratulations conquering cancer!!
What a fantastic way to celebrate your victory. You are such a talented DISigner. LOVE your countdown chain. I hope you have a safe drive down and you have the best holiday ever! I look forward to reading more of your report!
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Old 10-09-2009, 11:56 PM   #4
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Wonderful Start!!
Also Congratulations to your Daughter on conquering cancer
Can't wait to hear more!
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congrats on your DD being cancer free ! That is wonderful news.
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Old 10-10-2009, 09:47 PM   #6
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Congratulations, and great start to the report. Sounds like you have some great plans for fun, as well as some learning. I can't wait to read more.

ArmandXG - Great school project idea at Epcot. I may have to keep that in mind in a few years when my daughter is that age.
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Old 10-10-2009, 11:57 PM   #7
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Great pre-trip report . I'm so happy to your DD is cancer free. Now if they could just come up with cure already.

Did you guys do a cancer free party?
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:17 PM   #8
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Great pre-trip report . I'm so happy to your DD is cancer free. Now if they could just come up with cure already.

Did you guys do a cancer free party?

Thanks for all the kind words everyone!
As for a Cancer Free Party, originally we were going to do one, but while we were thinking of planning a BIG party and hold it in a Rental Hall, one of my daughters friends had a huge birthday bash at her home that didn't go nor end well. With Facebook and twitter, the party details were sent to many more than were invited. Strangers upon strangers showed up, SO MANY people to the point the girl and her dad had to call the police to get these people out of their house and yard and the yard of their neighbours ect.... Not a pleasant party. Then when we thought of doing somthing on a smaller scale, my DD was diagnosed with a blood clot in her arm (first clot issue was in her neck and was a result of the port that was implanted in her chest to feed Chemo into her body). So this time they had to put her on Heperin injections daily for 6 months. She did not feel like celebrating then. So once she was 6 months free of the morning injections and other issues, thats when I started planning THIS TRIP! When I told her about it, YES!!!!! THIS was how she really wanted to celebrate.
Now as of today we are 11 days from leaving! The countdown continues!
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:36 PM   #9
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SO, 11 days and counting, and hoping that the virus going through my house is finished by the time we leave! I was ill last weekend with headache, sore throat, achey bruisy all over. My daycare kids all have colds. This morning, DD awoke with a fever, headache and terribly sore throat. H1N1? Who knows.
Monday past was our Thanksgiving weekend and my two teens spent the evening working on our Fish Extender!!!! They measured, cut out the pieces, ironed on the interfacing and ironed in the pleats. Yesterday I assembled it all and was quite pleased with the finished product!
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Thinking of going into business making these things, after our cruise.
I also finished our T-Shirts for Boarding day:
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The green Mickey stick is to help others find me to check in for our Dis meet on board (in case no one notices the shirts?)LOL

I also did up Canadian Mickey shirts for our Epcot day, Star Wars Mickey shirts for DHS day, and Halloween shirts for two youngest DS's for Halloween Day. I'll post those photos later (got to take them first).
I've also completed DS7's pirate shirt which makes 3 of 6 complete. I've done some more organized packing, cleaned some of the house, made the rest of our door magnets and have bagged up all our FE gifts:
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SO Still on my "To Do LIst" are:
Finish packing
get travellers cheques
get CAA travellers insurance
Finish costumes

The only twist into our plans is that my son's employer (Walmart) has scheduled him to work the day we plan on leaving, hmmmm. He's trying to find someone to take the shift. I say "they were given plenty of notice of our vacation days therefor KNEW not to book him that day, Thus, it's their problem, not my son's". We'll see how that goes.
Oh, other news. DH want to go shopping somewhere along the drive down, IN A MALL! THAT is just SO NOT my DH! We are dressing up for formal night. I have a suit for DS7, DS16 and Formal dress for DD18 and something for myself. We still need to get dress clothes for DH and DS12. DH said, he wants to stop at a mall on the way down, and do some shopping there for those outfits. Hmmmm, that was a great surprise for me, as I LOVE shopping! So we'll look for some place to stop and do that, maybe wait till we are in Orlando or at least across the boarder into Florida.
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Count me in!!! Congrats to beating cancer!! My brother went through 2 years of that and it was aweful!

So what's the itinerary? How many days in WDW? how many nights at sea? ADRs? Resort? ...btw, what is FE??? Is it something cruise related? We are taking our first cruise in Jan and are still learning the ropes.

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Old 10-17-2009, 11:21 AM   #11
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Gee, didn't even think of Posting an itinerary, but yes, that sounds great! I will do that sometime this weekend, and explain all about the FE stuff!
Currently, I'm just getting ready to take DD18 to the Doctors. She has CLASSIC FLU symptoms. Last week she had a horrible cold. Then last Monday she awoke with a sore throat and felt awful. That lasted a day and a half. For Wednesday and Thursday she was perfectly FINE. Then Friday afternoon, WHAM, Severe Headache, Chills, High Fever, Terribly aching joints, and nausea and extreme Fatigue. She slept all evening and night yesterday. So far today she is sleeping it away. Fever drops with Tylenol, but just before the 4 hours interval between doses, it spikes back up. She's not eating and is barely drinking (only enough to swallow pills). So I called the doctors office. When they heard her symptoms and the fact that our whole family leaves for Florida a week from TOMORROW, they told me to bring her right in, but wait till noon, when the crowds disperse. So we'll leave in a few minutes now. FLU shots here are not out in clinics till the end of the Month. That doesn't work for us. BUT I'm hoping the Doctors office has something they can give/do.
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