Katie Couric: Perneita Farrar Fights Lupus
Weddings can be very stressful. From picking out the flowers to sending out invitations to booking a reception hall to every single other detail that has to go into a wedding, everything has to be perfect and for Perneita Farrar, everything did turn out perfectly.
Farrar said she was about 25-years-old when she found out she had Lupus. She spent over a year in the hospital after the disease ravaged her body and left her partially paralyzed from the waist down. Farrar was devastated when doctors told her she was not going to walk again. She saw herself as being unlovable at that point and she went into a dark place. It took Farrar over a year to come to terms with her condition and the paralysis before she decided she was not going to let the disease run her life. She was going to be the one who dictated where her life went.
Katie Couric: Perneita Farrar Finds Love, Beats Paralysis
Before she met her husband Troy Fitzgerald, Farrar said she had given up on love. But even before she met Fitzgerald in person, Farrar said she had fallen deeply in love with him. Only a month after meeting face to face, the couple was engaged and planning their wedding.
Even as the stresses of her wedding mounted, Farrar decided she wanted to do something no one thought was possible. She wanted to walk down the aisle at her own wedding. After working with therapists and doing rehabilitation for over a year, Farrar was able to walk down the 97 foot aisle with a little help from two men at the wedding.
“With faith in God and a little hard work,” Farrar said, “I found anything can be overcome.” Troy said he was in shock as he watched his bride walk down the aisle. He couldn’t believe it. He told Katie Couric he had known she was working hard to learn to walk but he had never seen her walk before the moment before they were to be married.
And Farrar is not stopping at her wedding. She is pushing herself to make a full recovery and learn to walk on her own again. The couple is also moving on with their lives after the wedding, telling Katie they were recently approved for a home loan. To help them fill their new home, Katie Couric and HomeGoods donated $5,000 to the couple.