Couple's Love Tested When Bride Paralyzed

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Young married couples normally experience challenges after they walk down the aisle. But a young Virginia couple's commitment is being put to the test even before they say "I do."
   
Rachelle Friedman and Chris Chapman's lives changed dramatically during a May 23 bachelorette celebration, where a freak chain of events led to Friedman's paralysis.

While at the party, Friedman and her bridesmaids decided to go for a swim in a backyard pool. It was then that her best friend playfully pushed her into the water.

"My best friend - and she still is my best friend - she playfully pushed me in like we've done a million times," the 25-year-old told ABC News.

"I instantly went stiff and couldn't move. I weirdly did not panic. I kind of knew exactly what happened and I floated up to the surface and said, 'Help!' and then my friends called 9-1-1."
         
Although the bride-to-be's injury has taken a toll on her body, her fiancé has not left her side. Chapman and Friedman say despite the lifestyle change, they're committed to each other.

"We know we're a strong couple and when I got hurt it never crossed my mind that he would leave because of it," Rachelle said. "And after going into therapy and talking to some of the doctors, it's at least 50/50 people leaving their partners after they are hurt."
 
"We do as much as we can to maintain the lives that we had. It's just different," Chris said. "It's adapted. It may take a little longer to do certain things but we keep as close as we can."

The two have postponed the wedding. Should the couple marry now, their combined salaries would make Friedman ineligible the Medicare coverage she's currently using to fund her treatment and care.

The couple says they want to straighten out the insurance issues before they walk down the aisle.

"I was always kind of scared something was going to mess up my perfect world," Friedman said. "But I've learned that even if things do change you can still make your world perfect."

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