Last month I revealed to you my growing obsession with reading Disney blogs. Today, I confess to having an equal passion for Disney podcasts. Like potato chips, it seems impossible to stop after listening to just one! The most recent addition to my podcast collection is Mr. Frank’s Wild Ride, hosted by a true Disney fanatic, Mr. Frank Rogers. Frank was gracious enough to share his Disney story with me.
In 2001 Frank, like most of us, was busy leading a hectic life juggling a high-stress career as a stockbroker with the demands of family, friends, and his community. Overweight and under-rested -- admittedly he had been paying less attention to his health than he should have. He received his first wake-up call when he found himself in the Emergency Room of his local hospital. The doctor came in to discuss the results of his blood sugar test: it had come back in the 700s.
“You should be dead right now,” the doctor said, grimly.
And so, newly diagnosed with Diabetes, Frank learned how to give himself insulin shots and began taking a slew of oral medications. He struggled to balance his food intake with his daily activities, but it was a challenge for him. The following year, a bout of difficulty breathing brought him once again to the Emergency Room. This time the diagnosis was equally alarming.
Blood clots in the lungs called Pulmonary Embolisms (PEs) were causing painful shortness of breath. Worse, the clots had the potential to break off and cause a fatal heart attack or stroke. Blood thinners and oxygen therapy were the immediate prescriptions, but a complete change of lifestyle would be necessary if Frank was going to prevent further disability and save his own life.
Reluctantly, Frank accepted his new status as “disabled” and quit his high-stress job. For several years he tried to focus his energy more on improving his health and spending quality time with his wife, but there was a void in his life that begged to be filled with some sort of enjoyable, meaningful activity. Then, in February of 2009, Frank discovered Twitter (@DisneyFrankness) and found that there was a vibrant Disney Fan Community online. He connected with others who shared his passion for all things Disney and eventually began doing “bits” for an online radio program. The most successful of these were his Mousterpiece Theater sketches, in which he re-enacted scenes from famous movies with the roles voiced by Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Eventually this led to the creation of his own podcast, Mr. Frank’s Wild Ride.