- Jacquie Goncher suffered a severe spine injury at the age of 17 which robbed her of the ability to move her lower body
- However she soon began to recover. After years of hard work she regained some ability to walk
- Now eight years later, on her wedding day, Jacquie walked down the isle to her groom and even danced with him for the first time in her life
Jacquie Goncher was paralyzed at the age of 17 after suffering a spinal cord injury during a swimming accident. Doctors told her that she would never walk again. But to everybody surprise Jacquie was able to make tiny movements in her limbs just a month after her brutal injury, and six months later she was beginning to stand up a bit again. But still, for the following eight years she relied mostly on a wheel chair to move.
“I would go to the gym and get so frustrated that I wouldn’t go back, I was trying to make myself do it but I kept failing at it and then I would be disgusted with myself,” Jacquie recalls. But she kept pushing herself and after years of work she regained some strength in her legs. Battling high blood pressure, she managed to walk around her house without the aid of a wheelchair.
But nine months from her wedding Jacquie started working extra hard. Jacquie believes that if vanity is your motivation, let it be vanity. Any motivation works. She said: “On your wedding day, everybody's looking at you, so you want to feel the most beautiful. By no means can you not be beautiful in a wheelchair. I totally believe you can be bomb in a wheelchair, but I didn't want to be defined by that. I wanted to be normal again.”
On the 22 of May on her wedding day, Jacquie got up from her wheelchair and walked down the isle to her groom. She kept her eyes pinned to the ground, while all the guests around her cried.
Later the newlyweds literally had their first dance, since the two had never danced together before.
Jacquie admits that she will continue working and she won’t stop just because the wedding is over.