Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Her Husband Left Her After She Became Paralyzed, But She Got The Best Revenge.

What Could She Do?

What Could She Do?

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"It was the time I needed my husband the most. Looking back, I was miserable in my marriage, but we had built a life together and had responsibilities," confessed Kelly about being left behind by her husband. One of their responsibilities was taking care of their children. But now that Kelly couldn't use her legs how was she going to take care of them? Kelly began to panic, feeling scared and depressed.

Times Of Despair

Times Of Despair

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Kelly had been in the hospital for five days when she was told that it would take six months to a year for her to recover. "At the time I felt like giving up, but I knew I had to be strong for my children. The first time I went out in a wheelchair I thought everyone was looking at me, I hated it and hated myself. If someone had given me the choice I would have ended my life, I didn't want to live anymore," said Kelly.

Her First Steps

Her First Steps

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"But the other patients on the ward were amazing, I received so much support from them and they encouraged me to get out of bed every day," she said. Kelly spent countless hours in physiotherapy. Two weeks after the doctors told her she would never walk again, Kelly took her first steps on the parallel bar. "I was dragging my body and I had no feeling in my legs but I didn't care. I was walking and that's all that mattered," she explained.

Looking For A Personal Trainer

Looking For A Personal Trainer

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A few weeks later Kelly decided to reach out to Facebook for a personal trainer. Kelly was doing everything she could, but she wanted more help. Here is where Keith Mason comes in. "No personal trainers wanted to work with me, but somebody recommended that Keith did a little bit in his spare time. That's how I ended up training with Keith," explained Kelly. Kelly had no idea how drastically her life would soon change.

Mason's Career

Mason's Career

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Mason wasn't just a personal trainer. He also had a 14-year rugby career. He had played for four super league teams, Wakefield Trinity, Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, and St Helen. He also spent a season playing with the Melbourne Storm in the NRL. He spent some time pursuing acting, but then he turned to personal training. Kelly was making great progress with Mason, "but at the same time I found an affordable physio and so I left the personal trainer as it was too much for me." Their relationship didn't end there, though.

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