Raleigh, North Carolina. On May 23rd, 2010, Rachelle Friedman Chapman was celebrating her bachelorette party with all of her closest friends.
Rachelle had a lot to celebrate at that point in her life aside from her upcoming wedding to the love of her life.
She and her husband-to-be had bought their very first house together, and she had also landed a job that she absolutely adored.
She felt that everything was going so well for her, but all of that changed in a heartbeat after her best friend tried to do something light-hearted at the bachelorette party.
“At the end of the night of my bachelorette party, my friend playfully pushed me into a pool and I was paralyzed instantly from a spinal cord injury,” Rachelle explained in a Facebook post she shared on the 11th anniversary of the night her life changed.
Instagram; pictured above is Rachelle with her husband Chris
“On the third or fourth night after my accident, my heart completely stopped and a nurse had to administer CPR.”
“Honestly, I’m just so grateful to be alive and I am grateful for what I do have even if it’s not what I had planned.”
Rachelle’s outlook on what happened to her on that fateful night is nothing but admirable. She feels that things play out in our lives for a specific purpose.