A woman was dumped by her husband after being paralyzed from a rare spinal stroke. However, she found new love with her personal trainer who helped her back on her feet – both physically and emotionally.
In March 2015, Riona Kelly, 37, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, was left paralyzed from her waist down following a spinal stroke.
When doctors told her that she could never walk again, her husband, Richard, files a divorce in her hospital bed.
Kelly told Daily Mail Online:
“After suffering a stroke not only did I have to deal with paralysis but I had to deal with losing my partner of 14 years. After he asked me for a divorce I was left completely alone.”
Apparently, eighteen months prior to the spinal stroke, Kelly had suffered a car accident. This makes her recovery a lot slower and strenuous.
“If someone had given me the choice I would have ended my life, I didn’t want to live anymore.”
But the mother of four was so determined to walk again and took strength from her children.
“After five days in hospital I was told it would take me six months to a year to recover. At the time I felt like giving up, but I knew I had to be strong for my children…”
Kelly then decided to look for a personal trainer and that’s how she found the man of her life.
Kelly said: “I put a post on Facebook last January looking for a personal trainer to help me and some friends suggested that I get in touch with Keith.
After our sessions Keith and I stayed in contact, he would ask me how I was getting on and our relationship blossomed from there. We have now been together for 11 months, the children really like him and I finally feel like I’m living the life I deserve.”
Not only her personal trainer Keith Mason helped her walk but also helped her love again.
35-year-old Keith is former rugby league player.
Despite all the challenges and heartache, Kelly was able to pull through and now enjoys life with her family.
“Keith says I inspire him, but he encourages me every day….Looking back, going through what I did was the best thing to ever happen to me,” Kelly said.
Riona says her stroke ‘has opened so many wonderful doors’ such as signing up with Models of Diversity and landing her first TV ad.