We met online and within a week of meeting, we were inseparable.
A year and a half after meeting, we got married and it’s now been 10 years since we first met. A man with a terrific personality, with talents and presence.
“I was very scared,” says Anna Claire, who had already picked out a venue for her nuptials nine months away. ’ But the thought of my upcoming wedding was motivation to get better.” And after months of therapy, the high school sweethearts tied the knot on their originally planned wedding date, October 22, 2016.
“It was emotional thinking about having to be in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic for my wedding, instead of everything I had always envisioned,” says Anna Claire.
It wasn’t until their junior year at New Albany High School that the couple became serious, planning a future together — they attended the same community college and later went Delta State University, where Anna Claire studied speech pathology.
When I met Chad, a C4/5 quadriplegic, I was smitten immediately.I have never been with someone so thoughtful and kind. Chad’s disability is very limiting because he only has a shoulder shrug and head turn and as such requires total care for all activities of daily living.The ideal situation is to pay aides to come in and do the caregiving rather than having the spouse do caregiving.” During one recreational therapy session, a Shepherd trainer even took her wedding dress shopping.“They really wanted me to go out in the community, which can be hard and emotional,” says Anna Claire.