A walk to remember - Rhiannon Tracey (Inspirational Speaker)
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A walk to remember - Rhiannon Tracey (Inspirational Speaker) - 01 August 2017

A walk to remember - Rhiannon Tracey (Inspirational Speaker)

Rhiannon Tracey is not just a woman in a wheelchair, but the woman who has turned the impossible into ‘I’m-Possible’. Rhiannon believes that she started her life again after she hit her head on the bottom of a swimming pool in Bali. Once diagnosed a quadriplegic, Rhiannon has dedicated herself to recovery with a focus on being able to walk down the aisle at her own wedding. Rhiannon helps her audience to identify their struggles and use them as motivation for self-improvement and ultimately move past toxic barriers. “I encourage my audience to focus on the “What’s Next”, as opposed to the “What If’s”, because opportunity is all about having the right perspective".

Here the Inspirational Speaker shares the challenges she faced leading up to her wedding day.

My fairytale

It is just about every little girl’s dream. To one day have a fairytale wedding.

To walk down the aisle to her prince, and start the next chapter of her life.

The thought of not being able to have that fairytale ending, to never be able to physically take those steps towards a brighter future, well that was a feeling that was almost unbearable...

ALMOST!

10 months flew faster than I could’ve hoped for. From the day that he asked me to be his wife in front of a room full of high school students until the day that no amount of time could have prepared me for.

I lost count of the number of “to-do lists” that I had made, and my “super foods” cabinet in my kitchen was overflowing with supplements to support my immune system to prevent me from getting sick in the lead-up to our wedding day.

Would I be able to do it

Every conversation I had within that ten months held that specific question:

Do you think you’ll be able to walk down the aisle, and every answer I gave was the same.

If there was one thing I knew for certain about this spinal cord injury it was that I would not let it get the better of me on this particular day, and no matter what technology it took, this quadriplegic would be making that walk!

“Planning a wedding is supposed to be fun”, is something I heard far too many times and whilst I could plan every minor important detail of the event that was our wedding, I could not plan how my body would be or feel on that very morning. All I could do was tell myself that this day was far too special to not fall into place and that the universe would have my back, much like many times before.

I trained hard

I trained my body physically, well, as often as I could, but I trained my mind constantly. I was finally going to get to call the love of my life, my husband. The one who loves me unconditionally, the one who has my heart and can see deep within my soul. The one who has never seen my wheelchair.

This day was going to give even the greatest love stories a run for their money.

I woke up on that sunny March day, or did I even sleep? I’m still not sure. As sore as my body felt the day before, today it felt like I could fly. I screamed at the top of my lungs, “I’M GETTING MARRIED”, and my three best friends who would stand at my side awoke with joy.

Today I wasn’t just leaving my wheelchair behind. I was proving to everyone who once told me that this day would not be possible, that the word itself says “I’m Possible”.

I was walking towards my future, one full of abilities, one full of love and one forever full of triumph!

This Time Next Year

Channel 9 show This Time Next Year followed Rhiannon's journey towards her big day - catch the beautiful story here:

 

Inspired by Rhiannon? Learn more here.

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