Paralyzed Bride To Marry

July 19, 2011 by Post Team 

Paralyzed Bride To MarryParalyzed Bride To Marry, A year after being paralyzed in a poolside antics at her bachelorette party, Rachelle Friedman knows a thing I would change in her life before the injury. “I wish I had danced more, because I love dancing so much, and did enough,” she says of her soon-to-be husband.

Friedman, the hall will finally Friday, marry the man who has waited to exchange vows with her since the accident. She is wearing the same dress she chose for the first ceremony, but her father would push her wheelchair down the aisle instead of walking her, arm in arm.

Friedman, 25, of suburban Raleigh, North Carolina, was wounded on May 23, 2010, a month before it was supposed to be married. She and her friends will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, when one of her bridesmaids pushed into the shallow pool. Friedman clumsily hitting the bottom of concrete. Then floated up, up. This is not a joke, she told her friends that were in the water to help: call 911.

The romp was not different from the way her friends had messed around many times, said Friedman, who has been with her girlfriend and refused to reveal her identity, even as newspapers, television and websites around the world carried the story.

“It was tragic injury, mentally and emotionally. And I was tragically injured, physically,” said Friedman in a day that a measure is altering its strapless wedding dress to suit their thinner and less muscular body.

Friedman moved with her life, learn to play rugby in a wheelchair and with her knuckles instead of fingers to perform tasks such as texting and responding to email.

Neither she nor her boyfriend, Chris Chapman, ever considered leaving the other. They had been together for almost five years when the accident occurred.

Chapman, 28-year-old middle school science teacher in Spring Hope, said the issue was not “What shall I do?” but “What can we do?”

They were married at the Fearrington House in Pittsburgh, near Raleigh, with a reception at the barn in the village. 1-800-REGISTRY wedding planning company is paying for the ceremony and honeymoon in Fiji.

Chapman Friedman and raised in Virginia Beach, but did not know until they were students at East Carolina University in Greenville, becoming close friends while each of the other date. Once we started dating, he fell in love with her energy and personality.

Now, concerned about keeping their assets. He is learning to referee in wheelchair rugby, and is trying to get a hand cycle so you can ride bikes together.

Friedman has completed a round of rehabilitation, but have a more advanced treatment in September, courtesy of a foundation called Walking with Anthony.

“It costs a lot of money out of a wheelchair,” said foundation founder Micki Purcell, whose son, Anthony, suffered a similar injury diving into the ocean. Friedman thinks Purcell is a perfect candidate to walk again.

An easier Friedman expected after the wedding. The Beatles fan a tattoo of the sign of peace in the back of her neck, marking her injury. Below is signed, “Let It be”.

“It symbolizes that I am at peace with it,” she said.

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