On July 12, 2008, life changed for Jaquie Goncher. “I went to a friend’s house after work and dove into her pool. I broke my neck and it instantly paralyzed me from the neck down,” Goncher told BuzzFeed. “I sustained a spinal cord injury from my C5 vertebrae being completely shattered. I also fractured C1 and C2. After my surgery, the surgeon told my mother and I that I would never walk again.”
Eight years later, she proved the surgeon wrong when — after a year of very hard work and physical therapy — she walked down the aisle at her wedding and danced with her new husband.