Love can give us incredible strength.
Kirsty Brutnell woke up one morning to find that she was unable to move either of her legs. When the doctors diagnosed her with incurable syringomyelia (a condition that involves cysts growing on the spinal cord) Kirsty gave Adam, whom she had dated for only three months at that point, the option of leaving her. She felt that it was unfair on Adam to expect him to be her caregiver, despite how much love she had for him. But Adam still came back to the hospital the next day. "That is when I knew he was devoted," Kirsty said.
Syringomyelia causes a variety of symptons, including pain, numbness, weakness, stiffness, control of bladder or bowel function, and paralysis. But Kirsty was ready to put up a fight against her condition. Since the doctors ruled out surgery as an option due to the high risk factor (the cysts being too close to her brain stem), Kirsty had no choice but to turn to physiotherapy to help her to move again. She had a long road ahead.
Over the following months, Kirsty learned to use an electric wheelchair and was able to train herself to walk short distances on crutches. When the couple finally married in September of 2013, Kirsty was determined to walk down the aisle. Her determination paid off when she successfully walked down the aisle on the arm of her grandfather towards her beaming groom. She even exceeded her doctors' expectations when she managed to get through her first dance with Adam as husband and wife. The happy couple danced to Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "It's Your Love."
Kirsty's strength and courage is astounding. We wish Kirsty and Adam Brutnell all the best!