Life has a funny way of throwing curve balls at us, just when we think that things are going well. This story shows just this, a couple who thought that they knew everything about each other, until their wedding day when everything changes.
Seemed To Be Going To Plan
Kevin thought his life couldn’t get any better, until a tragic accident left him with a debilitating injury. This would change the course of his life and his relationship forever.
Break A Leg
Kevin was very healthy, he was a positive person. Little did Kevin know, that this one accident would change his whole life in the blink of an eye. One day, in 2001, Kevin broke his leg in a shocking and unexpected accident. usually, this injury requires a cast, and surgery procedure in order to heal. He bravely pushed through the pain and he as well as the doctors believed that in a few months it would heal, but this break became far more complicated than anything they could have imagined.
Bad News Gets Worse
The break in his leg became worse, and Kevin was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). The condition is often associated with burning pain, extreme tenderness, swelling, and unbearable change in skin temperature.The doctors treating Kevin’s leg had told him it was one of the worst cases they had ever seen. Kevin’s personal injury was about to take a turn for the worst and his plans for the future would have to take an even more drastic turn.
The nerve damage from the break was large and his condition continued to worsen, causing him more pain as each day passed. He did everything he was told to do in order to ease the pain and begin the healing process. The doctors also did everything they could to help Kevin heal and hoped that their efforts would be enough and remove him of his unbearable condition.
No Other Choice
The doctors truly fought and did all that they could do, they had no choice but to amputate the leg.Kevin was devastated, and suddenly forced to acclimate to a new life confined to a wheelchair. Kevin’s life was turned upside down, and he was about to face the biggest test ever he could never have imagined.
World Comes Crashing Down
He knew his situation was bad and he wanted to end that pain as much as he could, but he never thought in a million years this would have happened to him. What would he do now? All of his hopes and dreams just disappeared in the blink of an eye. He felt suffocated and claustrophobic, he took a spiral down a dark path and began to sink into depression.
“It Could Always Be Worse”
Kevin handled it hard, but one day after he came crashing down, he decided to pick himself up and continue his life with the mantra, “You can’t let it get to you.” Everything he had planned for himself needed to be rearranged, but Kevin then realized “it could always be worse.” He looked in the mirror and decided that today was the day that he would stop sulking, and deal with the hand that had been dealt to him.
How Would He Cope?
Kevin was surrounded by so much support, and continued to be an inspiration to everyone around him. His brother spoke of Kevin’s astounding bravery stating, “The most amazing thing about Kevin, all that he’s dealt with he’s bounced back so positively and he is an inspiration.” The only thing now that was missing in Kevin’s life was someone to share it with, and someone to love him despite his accident. He had fears of remaining alone because of his situation.
He is Desperate For True Love
There was a hole left in Kevin’s heart that was just waiting to be filled. Would he meet someone? Would that person look beyond the wheelchair and see the real Kevin? One day his life changed for the better, when he met Kim and it was love at first sight. The heart shaped hole was suddenly filled, and there was an instant connection between them both. She recalls that moment “He’s the most amazing human being I’ve ever met in my entire life.”Despite the hearts and butterflies, the new couple had some very real and tough challenges ahead of them.
Love At First Sight
Kevin was surprised by the way Kim looked at him. Sometimes he felt as though people felt sorry for him, or only spent time with him because they felt they had to. Even with girls he met, he felt like they were just feeling sorry for him. He had become used to women especially staring at his leg or going out with him out of sympathy. But Kim was different to the others. “It was love at first sight,” he said. “She looked at me as if I’m not in a wheelchair.” Kim and Kevin’s love blossomed from there.
Strain On Relationship
While their love was undeniable, people would often ask Kim if it was difficult for her that Kevin was in a wheelchair and often planted doubts in her mind. Yet no matter what people would say, or if people stared when they went out together, she knew that she wanted to be with him and their love was stronger than those trying to break them up.
Would It Last?
Kevin knew in his heart, that she was the one woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, there was no question about it. Kevin knew their life would be difficult; even the proposal wouldn’t be as traditional since Kevin couldn’t get down on one knee. Yet he had his own ideas . One sunny day, Kevin called Kim outside to meet him, and from the confines of his chair, asked her to be his wife. She said “YES!” But no one was prepared for what would happen at the wedding…
As the big day drew near, Kim began to worry that she wouldn’t be able to care for Kevin the way he needed, while Kevin worried that he wouldn’t be good enough for her and that one day she would wake up and regret her decision. Yet they both spoke it through and realized that these worries would not and could not break them up They were stronger than these doubts.
The Big Day Arrives
Months passed and the big day had finally arrived at Caprock Winery in Lubbock, Texas, a beautiful venue for wedding ceremonies offering a traditional Texas wine tasting experience in a picturesque landscape. This location was their dream. Everything was planned out to perfection. Guests were arriving and found their seats to watch their dear Kevin and beloved Kim’s union. Little did they know that something was in store they could never have imagined….
Seats Begin To Fill For The Show
People traveled from all over for the wedding. The ceremony was about to begin, as music softly started to play. During this time, Kevin was waiting for his big moment in a private room. He patiently waited for his big moment, and no one could guess what he was hiding. He acted calm and didn’t appear the least bit nervous about what would happen next.
Wedding Party Waits Patiently
As the room began to fill up, friends and family of the bride and groom mingled and swapped stories about them, and the atmosphere was just amazing. Everyone in Kevin’s life had hoped so much that he would find someone to make him feel whole, and they could not be happier that he found Kim, who completed his puzzle.
Here Comes The Bride
Everyone was waiting for the big moment.Then, the doors opened and the crowd became silent. Everyone turned to see Kim standing in the doorway linked to her father’s arm, the picture of a radiant bride. The congregation stood up as the bride was escorted down the aisle. This was going to be no ordinary wedding…
What Is Kevin Doing?
Kevin turned his head and stared in amazement at the beautiful woman that would become his wife as she walked down the aisle. His heart was pounding, as he waited for the moment to reveal what he had been holding inside for months.
The Moment Arrives
As she slowly approached, he waited to reveal his big secret. The couple’s eyes met and Kevin knew Kim had no idea what was about to happen. He leaned forward and everyone began to wonder what was about to happen…
Kevin Stands Tall
Kevin had been confined to that chair for nearly 13 years. He was told many times that he would never walk again. And just like that, he leaned forward and the room fell silent as jaws dropped. Gasps filled the air. After a struggle, Kevin brought himself to an upright position in front of everyone. He was standing for the first time in over a decade. Kim stood silent in utter amazement at what her soon-to-be husband was doing. Tears began to fall.
The Best Kept Secret
Kim was staring at her husband-to-be for the first time, standing in front of her with a wide grin spread across his face. In his spare time, Kevin had been taking physical therapy classes throughout the entire year leading up to the wedding. He pushed himself and tirelessly tried hard to stand with this moment in his mind. Kim’s reaction was the one thing he had been looking forward to.
The Greatest Wedding Gift
All of the hard work, secrets, and white lies had been worth the wait; Kim’s reaction was something he would never forget, While the tears were streaming down her cheeks, the smile was glued to her face. There has never been a wedding day surprise quite like this one. Nothing else mattered now, nothing could top this present, but that wasn’t the only surprise…
Behind Her Back
Little did Kim know, that leading up to the wedding, he had made it his mission for her to be able to stand and properly face her. He tirelessly practiced along with the help of his friends and family, and often said he was going to watch sports games late at night, when in fact he was learning how to get up from his wheelchair.
Kevin Walks To His Bride
Still in shock, Kevin began to take steps towards Kim and the crowd witnessed Kevin walk towards his bride to meet her at the end of the aisle. Kevin held out his arm so Kim’s father could give the bride away. The couple stood facing each other for the first time in forever.
Kim never expected to see Kevin stand, let alone walk. Her man, her soon to be husband had just endured months of physical pain as he trained his body to do something he was told would never happen just for her, and she couldn’t have been more grateful.
Love Was The Only Medicine He Needed
There was not a dry eye in the house. Huge smiles, loud cheers, happy hugs, and boxes tissues were passed around the entire venue as everyone celebrated the perfect union. Kevin’s mom could not contain her happiness, “It seems like love was the medicine he needed.”
Seeing Him Walk For The First Time
Kim had planned every second of her wedding, but could never prepare herself for what she had just witnessed. She had accepted the fact that Kevin might not ever walk again and would be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. She even admitted, “I just saw him walk for the first time ever and I’m blown away, I thought I’d fall over backward, I honestly did.” Now the ceremony could finally continue…
Nothing Will Stop Him. Nothing…
The couple read their vows, said those two wonderful words, and gave each other a passionate and loving kiss. Kim could not be more proud of the man she chose to spend the rest of her life with. “Nothing has stopped him before, but now that he’s walking there’s nothing that’s going to stop him, nothing.”
She Was His Motivation
Love is an incredibly powerful motivator that gives people hope and pushes them to do extraordinary things. If Kevin and Kim had not met and fallen so madly in love, Kevin’s life could have been extraordinarily different. Yet it was his love for her that pushed him to accomplish the impossible.