In sickness and in health. The vows repeated by many but kept by few. A magical moment when Joel and Lauren Jackson finally enjoy their first dance after Joel became a quadriplegic.
Lauren is married to Joel who is paralyzed from the neck down from a near-fetal car crash six years prior. Since the accident, Joel has been in rehabilitation working on sitting alone and eventually standing alone. The couple met in high school and have been happily married since 2013. Lauren told her husband then that when he could walk, “I want you to dance with me.”
So what did this man do to fulfill his promise? Everyday, painstakingly he gritted his teeth and worked on getting better. The first thing this man did when he was able to walk again, he danced with his wife. Just days before their second anniversary, Joel finally fulfilled his promise. The video below was the first time Joel was able to stand in six year and it left his wife speechless.
“I was just in awe. It was one of those moments that took my breath away,” said Lauren. Taking advantage of the moment, and with the help of staff members at the rehabilitation hospital, the couple had their first dance. Holding each other tightly, they danced to Edwin McCain’s song- “I’ll be.”
Lauren says that it has been a progress to get to this stage where Joel can stand by himself. They said the first few months were very difficult since Joel didn’t really make any recovery progress at the regular hospital. It wasn’t until he started going to the rehabilitation hospital in Florida that Joel started to regain some motor skills. With his wife’s taking him to rehab two times a week, it finally bore fruit until eventually, he was able to dance with her.
A touching story about a man’s commitment to fulfilling his wife’s wish and a wife that endured the hardships of a quadriplegic husband. This just really reminds us that the vows we take on our wedding day aren’t just words. They carry a lot of weight and in sickness and in health really means in sickness and in health.
If you want to watch the heart melting dance take place, you can find it below.
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