I have written this blog post over and over again in my mind. In fact, I have always wondered how I would present this topic and how I would share this news. Would it be in bitterness, disappointment or with a strange sense of completion? I share this with you today, because I am tired of holding this secret in. I also already spilled the beans on twitter about a week ago and promised a full explanation. So being as vague as possible here is my story:
I don’t remember much about that day, except I was working in the lobby. I was near the end of my shift when a guest approached me with a question. Unsure of the answer, I went to go ask my lead. The next few moments would change the course of my life. Time seemed to slow down as I slid my I.D through the door to go backstage. The door beeped, unlocked, and I went toward my lead’s office. As I walked down the hall, I heard the sound of metal crashing. I looked up and then everything went black….. I wish I could tell you I know what happened after that, but I don’t. You see as 15lbs light fixture fell from a 20ft ceiling and knocked me out. Next thing I know, I am getting an MRI telling me I have internal bleeding, a traumatic brain injury, and that I will suffer from Post-Concussion Syndrome. Everything changed for me. I lost my sense of humor, personality, and joy. The accident caused me to lose some of my hearing, the ability to process information, and remember things. This incident put my life on hold and I had to learn how to function again.
I wish I could tell this was an April’s Fool Joke, but alas it’s not. This accident is why I left the company and can never return. My heart is broken because I believe I was created to be a dream maker. I believe I am a person who was designed to inspire others. My goal in life is to bring people joy. I originally started writing this blog to find healing from accident and never expected it to be popular. I never expected anyone else to really connect with the stories like I did. But so many of you have reached out to me the past few weeks to tell me how deeply this blog touched you. For that I am overwhelmed and honored.
Tales of a Disneyland Cast Member WILL continue to create magic on the internet despite what I had thought earlier. (I cannot discuss everything just yet, due to legal reasons). I personally have about 7 stories left I will share with you and then I am going to allow other Cast Members to send me their magical stories. I want this blog to be a place where the magic is honored and remembered- where Walt’s original vision is still regarded. This will be a place that will be a source of joy and inspiration to the entire internet. That is my dream and I will continue to make that happen- regardless if I wear a name tag or not. I just ask that you help me make that dream come true.
I personally want to thank all of you who have reached out to me. I have read all of your emails, tweets, post, and messages. I am so overwhelmed by the response and love. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
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Once again thank you all.