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Title:
The promise : a tragic accident, a paralyzed bride, and the power of love, loyalty, and friendship
Author:
Friedman, Rachelle, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Guilford, Connecticut : skirt!, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
xii, 211 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
"Just weeks before her wedding, four of Rachelle Friedman's friends threw her a bachelorette party. At the end of a perfect evening of dancing and celebration, they decided to take a moonlight swim. One of her friends playfully pushed her into the water, two feet too far from the deep end. That chilling moment changed their lives forever. Rachelle broke her neck and was paralyzed from the chest down. She would never walk again. The Promise is a powerful memoir of resilience, love, and loyalty. On the night of the accident, the five girls made an unspoken agreement to never reveal the name of the friend who had pushed Rachelle into the pool--and their bond has remained unbroken. As Rachelle undergoes a physical battle for her life, her friend struggles emotionally to prevent one moment in time from defining her forever. It's the story of true integrity; it's also about finding the incredible strength inside each of us we never knew we had.Also a love story, The Promise chronicles Rachelle and Chris's relationship, their struggle with her paralysis and rehab, the physical challenges of intimacy, and ultimately, their fairy-tale wedding"--

"From a tragic accident comes a story of astounding friendship and resilience"--
Language:
English
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9780762792948
Format :
Book

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Summary

Just weeks before her wedding, four of Rachelle Friedman's friends threw her a bachelorette party. At the end of a perfect evening of dancing and celebration, they decided to take a moonlight swim. One of her friends playfully pushed her into the water . . . two feet too far from the deep end. That chilling moment changed their lives forever. Rachelle broke her neck and was paralyzed from the chest down. She would never walk again.

The Promise is a powerful memoir of resilience, love, and loyalty. On the night of the accident, the five girls made an unspoken agreement to never reveal the name of the friend who had pushed Rachelle into the pool--and their bond has remained unbroken. As Rachelle undergoes a physical battle for her life, her friend struggles emotionally to prevent one moment in time from defining her forever. It's the story of true integrity; it's also about finding the incredible strength inside each of us we never knew we had.

Also a love story, The Promise chronicles Rachelle and Chris's relationship, their struggle with her paralysis and rehab, the physical challenges of intimacy, and ultimately, their fairy-tale wedding.


Author Notes

Rachelle Friedman, once a program assistant at a senior's activity center, is now an advocate for those with spinal injuries. Rachelle has appeared on The Today Show and HLN, and she has been written about in numerous worldwide publications. She regularly contributes to The Huffington Post. She and her husband live in Knightdale, North Carolina with their two dogs.


Table of Contents

Prologuep. xi
Chapter 1 Meeting the Onep. 1
Chapter 2 From Friend to Soul Matep. 8
Chapter 3 The Bachelorette Partyp. 16
Chapter 4 The Accidentp. 24
Chapter 5 Paralyzedp. 32
Chapter 6 Barely Breathingp. 39
Chapter 7 One Day at a Timep. 45
Chapter 8 Support from Friendsp. 50
Chapter 9 Rockin' Rehabp. 54
Chapter 10 The Proposalp. 58
Chapter 11 The Big Day, Take Onep. 64
Chapter 12 Finding Peacep. 68
Chapter 13 Love and Sexp. 72
Chapter 14 Getting Throughp. 77
Chapter 15 My Competitive Spiritp. 80
Chapter 16 On My Ownp. 85
Chapter 17 Adjusting at Homep. 92
Chapter 18 The Ugly Realityp. 96
Chapter 19 The Pactp. 99
Chapter 20 Turning Down Oprahp. 108
Chapter 21 Laughter and Tearsp. 113
Chapter 22 Wedding Plansp. 118
Chapter 23 One Year Laterp. 124
Chapter 24 The Rehearsalp. 128
Chapter 25 The Perfect Weddingp. 133
Chapter 26 The Finish Linep. 144
Chapter 27 Paradisep. 146
Chapter 28 My New Realityp. 149
Chapter 29 Let It Bep. 154
Chapter 30 Buckets of Lovep. 157
Chapter 31 What Ifp. 160
Chapter 32 Keeping My Head in the Gamep. 164
Chapter 33 Marriagep. 170
Chapter 34 The Big Shiftp. 174
Chapter 35 Being Heardp. 179
Chapter 36 The Positivep. 182
Chapter 37 My Mother's Birthdayp. 185
Epiloguep. 188
Acknowledgmentsp. 205
Reading Group Guidep. 207
About the Authorp. 212

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