The Promise: A Tragic Accident, a Paralyzed Bride, and the Power of Love, Loyalty, and Friendship

By Rachelle Friedman

A New York Times Bestseller!

Just weeks sooner than her marriage ceremony, 4 of Rachelle Friedman's associates threw her a bachelorette celebration. on the finish of an ideal night of dancing and occasion, they made up our minds to take a moonlight swim. one among her neighbors playfully driven her into the water . . . toes too faraway from the deep finish. That chilling second replaced their lives without end. Rachelle broke her neck and was once paralyzed from the chest down. She could by no means stroll again.

The Promise is a strong memoir of resilience, love, and loyalty. at the evening of the coincidence, the 5 ladies made an unstated contract to by no means demonstrate the identify of the buddy who had driven Rachelle into the pool—and their bond has remained unbroken. As Rachelle undergoes a actual conflict for her lifestyles, her good friend struggles emotionally to avoid one second in time from defining her eternally. it is the tale of precise integrity; it is also approximately discovering the fabulous power within each one people we by no means knew we had.

Also a love tale, The Promise chronicles Rachelle and Chris's dating, their fight along with her paralysis and rehab, the actual demanding situations of intimacy, and eventually, their fairy-tale wedding.

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After that I obtained in basic terms twenty days of rehab a 12 months. as soon as these twenty days have been up, I didn’t get something extra. i used to be attempting to relearn each point of my existence, and that i had a similar insurance as a person who had torn their knee. Rehab expenses approximately $400 an hour till I meet my $3,000 deductible. There’s no method i will find the money for that—not many of us can. Chris teaches heart college, so we’re at the country well-being plan. the fee to hide me on my own is $625 per 30 days. That’s only for the top class, earlier than the deductible or out-of-pocket costs.

Unexpectedly, I knew I had real acquaintances. there has been without doubt in my brain that they might be there for me. with no them in the course of these lengthy months, it's going to were tougher to make it via. yet they wouldn’t have made it with no me both; they informed me that again and again. We comforted one another and realized to be there for every different, and we began to quite comprehend the influence that evening had had on us as a gaggle. I needed to heal. That used to be transparent. yet much more, I needed to step up. I needed to rather be there for this woman, this good friend who had driven me in an easy, playful gesture.

The therapist evaluated me to work out what i wished. i ultimately made the DMV employees comprehend. there has been one other hurdle, even though. I knowledgeable with the occupational therapist in her automobile and it took a few being used to. I had hours of fiddling round, after which this lady made me force at the busiest interstate in my quarter. It used to be trial by means of fireplace, yet I pulled it off. After simply 4 hours of one-on-one education, I took and handed a riding attempt. i spotted quick that I loved the independence. i might take an occasional journey to T.

I had no manner of understanding as we talked precisely how very important and important that workforce friendship used to be approximately to develop into. We mentioned the truth that it was once truly form of strange that all of us received alongside so good, with merely me because the universal thread. somebody made the purpose that everybody used to be so welcoming and the way infrequent that was once nowadays. In an eerie method, even ahead of an unstated bond was once shaped, the promise of persisted friendship used to be obvious. This was once an exceptional team of individuals, interval. In 2002, in 10th grade at my deepest college, I joined the college cheerleading squad.

I used to be in that second, attempting to get via that day. I wasn’t pondering now not with the ability to stroll; i used to be simply attempting to focus on the demanding situations of that exact day. i used to be informed that there have been by no means fewer than fifteen humans within the ready room at any given time. the women fixed jointly little items of red and gold ribbon and passed them out to my viewers to pin onto themselves and put on as they arrived. My grandparents got here with doughnuts each morning, and on a few days folks introduced nutrients, too.

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