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Old 08-21-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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My Dream Is A Meal A Chef Makes! A Sept. 2012 POP PTR (with multiple food allergies)!

First thing's first... I must confess that I suffer from a rare Disboards disease. Actually, it might not be that rare. It just might be one of those sicknesses that people are ashamed of and therefore, they never talk about it. I know that the first step to getting help is admitting that I have a problem... so here I am. I am not sure of the scientific name but I believe I have “completed-trip-report-aphobia.” Otherwise known as CTRA. It all started innocently enough 4 years ago when DH and I were about to go on our 5th anniversary trip. I had a nice PTR going with all the fun details and pictures of how DH and I went to WDW on our honeymoon and every year after. I was all excited because it was my first trip since discovering the disboards... but then- we returned home, the post vacation blues set in and then I found out I was pregnant and that put WDW out of my mind for a while (Gasp! If that is possible!) Fast forward almost 2 years and I decided to give another PTR a try. This was our first trip with a baby! Surely, I must share this event with the entire world (or at least the other disers)! So again, I started out with a nice, well-intentioned plan... only to come home and neglect the precious few followers I had reeled in during my pre-vacation excitement.

Now comes the test. Our next trip is 3 weeks away. I want to do a trip report for a few reasons but I think I need accountability if I am going to finally break this vicious cycle.

My disboards name is stackyallred and I don’t follow through with trip reports.

There.

Let the healing begin.

As I said, I have a few reasons why I want to give this all a try yet again. In the past, I think I was just excited and thought it would be fun to share. This time, my reasons are a lot more important to me. So, what are those reasons, you ask?
1. I want to have it as sort of a journal of our vacation. DS will be almost 3 and he is totally pumped about this trip. This will be his third trip but it is his first where he clearly understands the idea of “going to Disney World” and meeting the characters/riding rides. He remembers things from last year and is excited to see it all again (which makes mommy and daddy even more excited! ).
2. (This is the biggest reason!) I have had a variety of health problems since right after I found I was pregnant with DS. Some of the problems were there before pregnancy, but became very heightened after. Others just seemed to pop up out of nowhere. After 2+ years of unexplained issues that just kept getting worse, ranging from constant and severe stomach pain to anxiety attacks and overwhelming exhaustion, I was finally diagnosed with multiple food allergies (49 to be exact!) this past March. I also was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and a few other minor things. My lifestyle has changed rather dramatically since then but after about 6 months of relearning how to eat/cook, treatments and lots of patience, I think I am finally turning a corner and seeing some real improvement! In planning this trip, I have learned so much about how to plan for Disney with food allergies and I want to share my experience with others so that maybe I can help someone, too! I have a LOT of foods that I avoid, but the big ones (in other words, the hardest to avoid) are :wheat/gluten, soy, egg, peanut, dairy, and garlic. My reasoning for the title of this trip report comes from the fact that I have not eaten out at a restaurant since March because I have yet to find a safe place to eat with my allergies. If I didn't make it, I usually can't eat it. I am SO excited to not cook for almost two weeks at WDW!

Alright, there you have it! Here’s to a COMPLETED trip report full of memories and (hopefully) lots of yummy allergy free meals!
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