Sunday, November 21, 2010

Spinal Cord Injury and a Wedding

From an article on

A bride-to-be is joking around with her girlfriends at her bachelorette party and is pushed into a swimming pool. She hits her head and suffers a C6 spinal cord injury with paralysis from the chest down. She can use her arms and wrists, but not her hands. She is committed to adapting as well as she can and to leading a vigorous and full life. Her fiance is committed to her. They plan on marrying as soon as her complicated insurance situation is resolved. He says, "We are built to last.

When I read about a situation like this I am horrified and amazed. Horrified at the fates who can inflict such cruel tricks on us. And amazed at people's resilience and ability to continue on with a sense of possibility.

I also can't help but wonder about what the future holds for this couple.

What do you think they need in order to make it as a couple?

1 comment:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

They need more compassion, "compromise-ability" and patience they ever thought existed. However, it can happen and it can be really good.