From Disney to the ER in 24 hours.


Not gonna lie, it’s File May 12, 1 07 08 PMbeen a rough week. First, the NOT rough part. Last week we went to Walt Disney World for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. An amazing invite-only conference put on by Disney Moms that your family is also invited to, which I am ALLLLL about because if you know me really well or even barely at all, you should know that my family means EVERYTHING to me. Everything. And we do everything together.

familyAll five of us piled in the car, with our matching family Surviving Mommy t-shirts and my Surviving Mommy chapsticks thanks to my sweet husband’s company My Smart Shirt and we headed to Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort which was so lovely. My Momma Jane has been on and off in poor health since the beginning of the year but thankfully, she felt like a million dollars before we headed to Walt Disney World. We really had an incredible time too! I learned so much from the Disney Social Media Moms conference. I met a few amazingly kind and welcoming new friends. We were showered with special treats (Thank you Hanes, American Tourister, GoGoSqueez, Alamo, Huggies, Joffrey’s coffee and SO many others). We ate insanely awesome food, listened to incredibleFile May 12, 1 05 14 PM speakers, saw the first 33 minutes of Finding Dory (SO SO good and it’s almost finished…June 16th) ANNNND even got to see Alice Through The Looking Glass before it hits theaters on May 27th. PS. It is soooo AWESOME!!! We rode rides like rockstars and my Momma Jane was there for every part of it. She said it was one of the best trips she’s ever been on!! This makes me happy because giving her and my family joy through experiences is what I live for!

Then we got home.

As I said, my mom has had a rough go with her health this first half of 2016. She’s had pneumonia twice, had some ear issues and has had a wicked cough that she can’t seem to shake. She just hasn’t felt really good. And I feel like I live in a constant state of worry. We got back late Sunday night and by Monday night she couldn’t breathe and we had to call 911. Seriously, like 24 hours later we were in the ER. Let me tell you, I’ve only had to call 911 a few times and it was never for me. It was always to help a stranger. It’s so scary! When it’s someone in your family, especially your momma…it is even SCARIER!

So here I am at the hospital where I’ve been with my sweet Momma all week. I barely know what day it is. I’m scared, exhausted and emotional but through it all trying to remain #Faithful. I knowhospital that God has His plan in place and our Faith is strong. I know that He will carry her and our family through whatever this health scare is as he does everything else. Unfortunately, we don’t even really know what is going on because we don’t have a ton of answers yet. We do know at minimum, she has pneumonia, AGAIN. There is also something going on with her lungs and they have been running all sorts of tests and doing procedures to get to the bottom of it. So we remain Faithful and patient for some much needed answers. And my Momma Jane? Well, I know she doesn’t feel well at all but she is doing the best she can to survive yet another bump in the road. She is a tough cookie!

DISNEYSMMCMomWhile I’ve been here at the hospital, it has had me super reflective. I am SO grateful for my Momma Jane and for the fact that that she gets to live with us. Really. I am so lucky and I want to give her the world. She and my daddy were dealt a crappy deck of life cards. He had several heart attacks, triple bypass surgery, an artificial heart valve put in, a minor stroke and then ended his life having congestive heart failure and dementia. My mom has had cancer four times…FOUR times, all while both of them having to take care of each other. Sigh. Seriously. Tack on to that my grandma dying during my first pregnancy, a divorce, cancer myself and then my dad dying during my second pregnancy and this has been our family. But this my friends is why after I got sick six years ago, I chose to truly find the joy in surviving life. To live life big and create as many memories and experiences as possible because you only get to do this life once. To, as the book says, don’t sweat the small stuff. Let the little things go and as Tim McGraw sings in his new song, always stay humble and kind. Trust me, I am sure there are others living similar crazy lives or even worse and that is why I just try and stay focused on every positive thing I can and enjoy living this life with the people I love!

Photo: Preston Mack/Disney

Photo: Preston Mack/Disney

Before I get back to staring at my Momma Jane in her hospital bed and asking her if she wants me to do a little dance for her to keep her entertained, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you to those of you who have prayed for our family, it means so much. Thank you for your support on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Thank you to our wonderful friends and neighbors who have been so kind, caring and thoughtful. I am grateful for your texts, calls, prayers, posts, home visits, ALL of it. We feel very fortunate to have each and every one of you.

Sigh…maybe we should have just stayed in Disney! 😉

XO Surviving Mommy







Disclosure: I was invited to the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As part of the invite I received discounted room rates as well as tickets and other fun stuff, HOWEVER, everything I write is 100% ALWAYS my own opinions and thoughts! 🙂


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  • Lorrie Ross says:

    I cried reading this! You are so strong and inspiring and amazing! Love you Cindy! Our prayers are with Momma Jane, you and your wonderful family!

  • Ashley Davis says:

    We love you and momma Jane!!! Prayers to the ultimate healer!!!

  • Sending prayers your way for a swift recovery for Momma Jane.

    I hope the doctors get to the bottom of what’s causing this latest lung issue soon. Not knowing is a very maddening part of being sick.

  • Lisa says:

    I’m so sorry that your family is going through this. Your mom sounds like an amazingly strong lady and I hope that she is able to come through this better than ever. Sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers for your family.

  • Leanne says:

    What a whirlwind week!! I’m so sorry for what you are going through. I am so inspired by your positivity and spirit. Hugs and prayers to you!

  • Taylor says:

    So beautifully said! Thank you for setting the example of being grateful and living life to the fullest! Praying for Momma Jane! Xox

  • Oh gosh Cindy I’m so sorry and I hope your mom gets to feeling better. So scary. I’m so glad that she was able to make it to Disney with you though. Such great memories.

  • Terri Chase says:

    You have been handed a LOT in your lifetime and you’ve let God shine through all of it as a warrior! God hears your prayers and those of your friends and family while you are on this journey with Momma Jane. I love that you are making her smile and laugh and letting the kids experience all of this (I really think it gives kids such great lessons on empathy and compassion when they visit people in hospitals). I further think it helps eliminate the fear that comes from the unknown – so kudos for giving them the experience and true transparency.
    You have our continued prayers and support and prayers for the doctors to get to the bottom so that Momma Jane can be dancing with you all summer long!

  • Michele says:

    Praying for your momma and your family!

  • Sheena says:

    Stay strong! Praying for Momma Jane and your whole family. You’re strength is inspiring. And I love your Disney pictures. Hope your whole family can go back soon.

  • Teresa says:

    Bless your heart and your mommas too! I will say a prayer for you and for her. I was at DisneySMMC too and today I was at the ER with my son. He’s okay. Eight stitches from a knife he was using to cut something. Life is a roller coaster and sometimes we just have to hang on and ride. But we know who is in control of the ride and in Him we place our faith. Hugs. Teresa from

  • Jerrye Lail says:

    I have followed all of your adventures since you started at that radio station. I love your blog and hearing about your family’s trips. Mommy Jane is a very strong woman, but now she needs our prayers. So I am sending hugs, love, and prayers for you, your Momma Jane, your sweet hubby, your adorable girls, and all the doctors and nurses helping Momma Jane to beat this problem.

  • Chaton says:

    I am honored to have met you and your family. Be grateful for the magic you experienced and have faith. i don’t know the outcome, but I know that you are a survivor. May God bless Momma Jane!

  • I am sooooo very sorry to hear to this. How scary… I hope your mom gets better soon and life settles down again for you. I can’t believe how much illness your family has had to deal with!!!

    It was so fabulous meeting you on the bus at Disney – both on the way to the parks and again on the way back to the resort.

    What a blessing that you all got to enjoy Disney healthy and happy. I’m sure you’ll be treasuring the memories and photos.

  • Teresa Kick says:

    You and your family have been through so much and just keep rockin! Including Stephanie’s cancer diagnosis. Know that you are all loved and prayed for. Be so thankful you have such a close loving family, would you adopt me? Mine is very different, I’ll keep momma Jane company while you and Eric tend to the girls. Not a stalker!!! I’ll be saying prayers, but you gals are tough. You don’t go down easy and with out a fight. Hugs and kisses to all.

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