In the six years since she was paralyzed after being pushed in a pool at her bachelorette party, Rachelle Friedman Chapman has been all about embracing new challenges.
Her latest quest to push her boundaries took her 14,000 feet in the air.
"I've actually wanted to (skydive) since I was a teenager, and I figured, I mean the wheelchair isn't going to stop me,'' she told Janet Shamlian in a TODAY exclusive on Friday.
Friedman Chapman enlisted the help of the All Veteran Parachute Team in her home state of North Carolina to help her skydive for the first time.
Instructor Mike Elliott coached her through it and accompanied her on the jump as her husband, Chris, and their 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, watched her push limits.
"I'm feeling actually a lot more nervous than I was on the ground,'' she said shortly before her jump.
Friedman Chapman faced her fears, and before she knew it she was enjoying the amazing view on the way to the ground.
"The scariest part was getting out of the plane, but you have no control over that," she said.
It was the latest milestone for Friedman Chapman, whose life changed dramatically in 2010. Just weeks before she was supposed to get married, one of her friends playfully pushed her into a swimming pool, fracturing the C6 vertebra in her neck.
She has since become known as the "paralyzed bride," choosing to focus on the positive and challenge stereotypical attitudes toward people with disabilities.
Friedman Chapman also became a mother for the first time last year when Kaylee was born with the help of a surrogate.
"She had just totally adapted to me being a mom in a wheelchair, and it's just so much fun to interact with her and see her learning so many new things."
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