Weddings are such emotional times. I remember the flood of feelings that swept over me when I stood in the aisle of a small church one fateful day.
Excitement. Nervousness. Fear. A snarl of sentiments tangled within me, and I’m sure something similar happened with my wife.
I wonder, though, how I would’ve felt if I simply couldn’t have completed some part of the ceremony. For one Georgia woman, that almost proved true on the day she was to tie the knot.
According to Fox News, Ally Grizzard walked down the aisle when she wed her boyfriend this year. Sounds ordinary enough, right?
Well, it was anything but for Grizzard. In fact, walking isn’t something she does on a daily basis.
In 2015, an ordinary errand forever changed the course of Grizzard’s life. She was driving her dog to the vet when another car came careening toward her.
She didn’t know that the person driving it had stolen it. Her only goal became to avoid getting smashed by the oncoming vehicle — and in the process, she got into a terrible wreck.
“I just remember flipping end over end, and I flipped for about 75 yards,” Grizzard told WAGA-TV. But that wasn’t all that happened.
The force of the impact flung her from her car, and Grizzard recalled the sensation of feeling her spine snap. “I felt my entire back shatter right then,” Grizzard said.
By the time first responders conveyed her to a nearby medical facility, she was in bad shape. Her vitals were flat.
“When I got to Grady, I had no pulse, no blood pressure, no nothing,” she said. “It’s a lot more than what meets the eye.
“Most people think, ‘Oh you just can’t walk, but it affects everything: bowel, bladder, body temperature, circulation, blood pressure.” But when her boyfriend proposed to her, Grizzard made a resolution: She was going to walk down the aisle at her wedding.
It wasn’t a fast process by any means. Over the space of three years, she struggled with intense pain and challenging rehab.
Yet her magical day arrived, and she achieved her dream. With the help of her father and stepfather, she was able to walk to her soon-to-be husband.
“It was my very first time walking on grass and uphill, and it was really tough,” she said. “It was a struggle, but I made it down the aisle.”
Grizzard hopes that her example will help inspire others struggling with debilitating injuries. She stated, “Even on the bad days to keep going, you can still have a normal life.
“You can still get married. You can still have kids and do everything you used to do, just do it in a different way.”
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