Anna Claire Waldrop and her fiance James "Jimbo" Waldrop had their fairy-tale relationship most couples could only dream of.
They met in elementary school, where they were so close they were featured in "best friend" photos for the school's yearbook. They dated in high school, following each other to the same community college and later to Delta State University.
Jimbo had even gone the extra mile for his proposal, hiding her engagement ring in the bottom of a picnic basket.
But a tragic accident last Valentine's Day almost ended the couple's plans to start their lives together for good.
While driving home from school one night, the couple were rear-ended by a drunk driver, sending their car flying off the road.
Miraculously, Jimbo was thrown out the sunroof, avoiding any serious injuries. But Anna wasn't so lucky.
She stayed in the car as it rolled over 4 times. The accident made Anna a quadriplegic just 9 months before her wedding day, but she was determined to make the best of her situation.
“I knew my wedding was coming up and I didn’t want to change the date, it pushed me to recover," she told People.
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Anna says that adjusting to live without the use of her limbs was difficult and frightening, but she was up to the challenge.
“I was aware I couldn’t move, but it wasn’t until I saw other suffering patients at therapy that it hit me — I was very scared," she said.
Throughout her intense rehab and treatments, she relied on Jimbo's love and support to stay strong.
“I never once saw him getting upset, I mean he was just always strong and positive,” she said.
“He would walk into my room and make me giggle, I always felt better when he was with me.”
In the end, the couple never had to change their original date, tying the knot last October at a beautiful ceremony attended by their friends and family.
With the help of her rehab team, Anna was able to move one of her arms in time for the ceremony.
Now she can wiggle her toes,and Jimbo is building a rehab gym in their home so she can keep working and healing. The couple are also making plans to start a family.
“I try not to focus on what I’ve lost, but try to focus on what I have already," says Anna, "and that’s my advice for anyone who has gone through something like I have.”
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