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Stevie Beale vows to walk on her wedding day

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A Toledo woman will take some very big steps this weekend.  It's her wedding day and the steps themselves are the things she worries about the most.

Stevie Beale was paralyzed in a car accident 7 years ago.  During her recovery, she vowed to walk on her wedding day and this weekend she's ready to follow through.

She's had a lot of challenges in planning her wedding, things other brides do not.  For example because she needed a tile floor for her wheel chair and a place that could hold between 300 and 400 people, the options were limited.

She eventually decided the train station in downtown Toledo was perfect, all in an effort to make her day perfect.

"The wedding itself is exactly what I wanted just how I am getting down to the end of the aisle isn't what I always pictured," said Beale.  "It's definitely going to happen.  How pretty it's going to be, I don't know," said Beale. 

Her injury is the result of a car accident in 2006.  Stevie broke her back at thoracic level 8.  She has no feeling or movement from the belly button down.  She calls walking on her wedding day a slow, painful process.  As of May she had trouble getting the steps down and keeping her hips forward. 

"It never really got easier, I just got better at it," said Beale.

"She's a little hard on herself.  I think it's going to go a lot better than what she's anticipating," added her fiancé Jared VanAusdale.  

VanAusdale pushes and supports her each day to accomplish goals like this and that support has gone a long way.

"Especially having someone say no you can't quit.  You have to keep going to therapy, you have to walk down the aisle when I want to just lay down and go to sleep for a week and not think about it has helped me keep going," said Beale. 

"It didn't take long with her and I being together for me to figure out this is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with," said VanAusdale. 

3 days a week for years now Stevie comes to the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit.  Since October the goal has been clear, walking down the aisle.  Just about every other bride takes that for granted.  Stevie sees things differently. 

"My huge stressor is walking down the aisle.  I could not care less if the flowers die the day of the wedding or if someone doesn't show up or if the groomsmen are too drunk to walk down the aisle. I don't care," said Beale.  

Stevie will walk down the aisle, stand for the ceremony (about 10 minutes long) and be carried back down the aisle by her groom. 

"I think after I sit back down in my chair is when I'll be able to take a deep breath and enjoy the rest of the day," said Beale.  

Unless major scientific advances occur, Stevie know this is her reality.  The reality of married life is only days away.  This couple is prepared for it all.  

"I never really saw her being in a chair as a challenge just because if she was not in a chair, we would have challenges in other aspects.  Every person, every marriage, every couple goes through challenges," said VanAusdale. 

"I'm content with where I am right now.  I know this is my reality for a long time, maybe not necessarily for the rest of my life. I'm ok," said Beale.  

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