Walt Disney World Moms panelist and mother of five Heather Murry of Georgia knows a lot about life’s challenges. She knows not just how to face those challenges but to conquer them. But raising a large family is just one of things that make Heather a champion.
Walt Disney World has been the Murry family’s “happy place” for years but when Heather was diagnosed with cancer, her family and friends thought that she should put her Walt Disney World vacations on hold. Heather simply said no. “I had five young children, and I needed to be the mom not the patient. Disney was the one place where my illness was not in the forefront of my family.”
According to Heather, visiting Walt Disney World Resort during this stressful time in her life was not frivolous but essential. “I wanted to feel the magic. I needed to feel the kid in me again. I wanted to laugh, I wanted to live and I wanted to escape the needles, the tests, and the doctors. I wanted to be a mom and I wanted to feel life. There were so many reasons not to go but my family and I all needed to find joy again.” she said.
As unbelievable as it may seem, only a few years after Heather received a clean bill of health and was living life as a cancer survivor, one of her children was diagnosed with life-threatening brain cancer. “Life can present challenges that seem insurmountable. Cancer took me down the darkest road of my life but it also opened windows and prepared me for another battle with cancer, only this time it wasn’t me but my child’s. A trip to Walt Disney World may not cure cancer but it allowed us for a short time to believe in make believe. Walt Disney World is much more than a massive theme park but a place where imaginations can flourish, the mind can expand and is inclusive of all.”