Natasha vows to walk on her wedding day
NATASHA Parsons will never give up.
It's almost six years since the Minyama mother's life was nearly destroyed in a horrific car crash on the Sunshine Mwy.
Six years of operations, pain and heartache.
It was May 20, 2008, when Ms Parsons' car clipped the concrete verge of a median strip, flipped and came to rest in a drainage ditch.
The accident left her legs paralysed.
After undergoing surgery to remove shattered bone fragments from her spinal column, she began the long journey to walk again, fuelled by the love of her daughters Nikitta, 10, and Isabella, 7.
Since the crash, Ms Parsons has gone from getting around in a wheelchair to walking around the house on a walking frame.
Now aged 32, she has a new goal in mind: to walk down the aisle to wed fiancé Andrew Liddell.
"The doctors told me I'd never walk again," she said.
"They said it's never happened and to not bother.
"But I couldn't give up for my kids.
"If I gave up on something this important to me, it opens up the door for them to do the same in life."
Ms Parsons has had her fair share of setbacks.
In February, 2011, her car was rear-ended while she waited at a give-way sign in the modified vehicle.
Last year, while getting around on crutches, she fell and broke her leg.
She is now in Brisbane undergoing rehabilitation and in about a month, she will begin working with a personal trainer to help strengthen her legs and core muscles.
"I'm not trying to be a role model," Ms Parsons said.
"I'm just trying to do what's best for me and my kids.
"The girls have said a few times they don't have a normal mum. But they don't remember me any other way."
She admitted that that reality used to upset her.
"Then I realised they're proud of me anyway," Ms Parsons said.
"Izzy's teacher last year said Izzy says to people when she meets them: 'My mum's in a wheelchair'.
"She doesn't say it in a way that she's ashamed of it. She says it really proudly.
"She's really proud that I'm learning how to walk.
"If my kids said to me they don't want me to do it anymore (learn to walk) - that it's too much - then I'd have to abide by their wishes.
"I want to do what makes my kids happy."
Ms Parsons first met Andrew when she was 14. He was an ex-boyfriend's best friend. They lost contact over the years but caught up again through Facebook in January, 2012.
He moved to the Coast and proposed to Ms Parsons on May 20, 2012 - the fourth anniversary of her crash.
"It's always been the day that I ended up in a wheelchair, and I'd been saying for a while that I wanted it to be about something else," Ms Parsons said.