Riona Kelly from Halifax, , lived difficult times. Her fate had an impact on her marriage and her ability to walk. But through these difficulties, she found the unexpected happiness.
In March of the same year, the mother of four children suffered a stroke that paralyzed her legs. She lost every feeling below her waist. But as if that were not enough, her husband reacted in a shocking way.
After the stroke, he divorced her after 14 years of marriage. “It was the time I needed my husband,” Riona remembers.
“When my husband left me in the hospital, my friend, Sarah, became my backup. It was her and the children who supported me during my recovery. “Just five days after the hospitalitzation of Fiona, she said that her husband Richard had filed for divorce.
During their divorce, Richard said: “I told Rhona that I wanted a divorce in the morning before her stroke, not as long as she was in the hospital. While she was in the hospital I visited as much as I could in the evenings, I had to take care of the children, the house and manage a business. ”
“Looking back to the past, I was unhappy in my marriage, but we had a life together and we had responsibilities,” explained Riona.
“After five days of going to hospital I was told that it would take six months to a year to recover. At that moment I felt I wanted to quit, but I knew I had to be strong for my children. ”
Riona said she could make her first steps in six weeks, but she could not move her legs. As a result, Rio’s doctors believed she would never walk again. Two weeks after this diagnosis and after many hours of physiotherapy, Riona surprised her doctors – she took her first steps using parallel bars. And there were other good news: A young guy entered her life.
Riona met personal trainer Keith Mason, who helped her overcome the problems of restoring her mobility. However, they soon developed a strong relation and became a couple. “After our meetings Keith and I stayed in contact, he asked me how I was going and our relationship flourished from then on. We’ve been together for 11 months, kids really like him, and now I feel like I live the life I deserve, “says Riona. “Keith and his daughter are now our own family.”
Riona made a lot of effort to walk back and managed to get out of the hospital four months later. She needs a wheelchair for longer trips and has taken part in two marathons for people with disabilities. And with her new love, Keith, she managed to overcome the most difficult time of her life.