The love that Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana shared is really hard to find these days. She stayed by his side during his toughest time.
It's not every day that we come across a loving couple who stands strong in the face of adversity, however, Christopher Reeve and his wife Dana Reeve made it work. Despite being faced with many tragedies, they were one of the few lucky pairs who were able to experience the magic that one seldom finds. The two were strong enough to stick to their marriage vows and never gave up on each other.
So how did their everlasting love begin? Their meeting was something right out of a fairytale. According to ABC News, Dana was performing at a cabaret show at the Williamstown Theatre Festival when Christopher saw her. The talented singer's melodious voice and her vibrant smile bewitched the Superman actor in the summer of 1987. "I was performing in this late-night cabaret where the actors perform after hours," said Dana during her interview with Good Morning America. "It's always a raucous good time, and I got up and I sang "The Music That Makes Me Dance." And I have a friend. … She was sitting near Chris, and she said, "I knew the definition of thunderstruck," she continued.
Christopher couldn't take his eyes off of a 24-years-old Dana and introduced himself as soon as the show concluded reports This Is Glamorous. It was clear that he was already head over heels in love with her, but Dana did not seem quite sure about this as she had a preconceived notion of him. She thought, "He’s going to be an arrogant, stuck-up movie star idiot, and I don’t want anything to do with him!" But as fate would have it, she could not resist the charm of the actor and eventually decided to go on a date with him.
After going on several dates, the couple decided to spend the rest of their lives together. So, on a rainy day in April 1992, the loving pair tied the knot in Williamstown, Massachusetts, amidst close friends and family. Although the intimate ceremony saw the two exchanging plain gold wedding bands, it was the perfect way to honor the love they had for each other which exceeded way beyond Christopher's stardom. She promised to be there for her husband in sickness and in health, and truely enough she planned on keeping this promise.
One of the reasons why the two connected so well was due to a number of interests they had in common and one of them was horse riding. Dana, who herself was an accomplished horse rider, supported her husband who began competing in events due to his exceedingly good skills. Unfortunately, in May 1995, Christopher had a nasty fall while riding his thoroughbred stallion, Eastern Express, during a jumping event in Culpeper, Virginia. The actor's first and second vertebrae were shattered owing to this fall and tragically rendered him a quadriplegic.
According to Tv Over Mind, due to the broken vertebrates, it was clear that his skull and spine were no longer connected. As a result, there was fluid buildup in his lungs which caused him constant pain, and an inability to breathe on his own as well as complete paralysis from the neck down. After regaining consciousness, he was informed about the reduced condition and as expected, Christopher was heartbroken. He knew that the road to recovery was a long one, and didn't want to be a burden on his wife. Christopher wanted his wife to pull the plug reports CBS News. During an interview on 20/20 he said, "When I first was coming out of, you know, unconsciousness and you have the thought 'Maybe it's not worth everybody's trouble,' And during this particularly difficult moment, he told his wife, 'Maybe we should let me go.'"
Dana refused to leave her beloved side and assured her husband that she'd be there beside no matter what. "I am only going to say this once: I will support whatever you want to do because this is your life and your decision. But I want you to know that I’ll be with you for the long haul, no matter what. You’re still you. And I love you," said Dana. Later in another interview, she revealed, "When it's actually the person you love, the person you know and there's no head injury, no brain damage." She added, "It's him. It's the essence of him, and that's what I said to him. I said, 'It's you.'"
She requested him to hold on for two more years and then decide of he still wanted to end his life. "We've now transcended into something where our moments together are even more valuable than they ever were. Dana has not missed one day in the 12 weeks, driving often three hours a day just to come to be with me. "And I would not be where I am today with the positive outlook that I have and the sense of real hope and purpose if it were not for Dana," Christomer told ABC News. Although her husband could not move, it didn't change her love for him. "We're as physical with each other as we can be. And we're as close as we can be. As you notice, I don't know many couples who have been together for 15 years who do sit hand in hand. Or who, I mean, we kiss all the time," Dana said.
Dana helped him out with his regular physical exercise and sat by him every day. Tragically, her Superman left her behind after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest in 2004. After 12 years of being with her man amidst all the hard times, she could not stop loving him even after his death. "I made a vow to Chris when we married that I would love him, and I would be with him, in sickness and in health, and I did OK with that. But there's another vow that I need to amend today. I promised to love, honor and cherish him till death do us part, well I can't do that. Because I will love, honor and cherish him forever," said Dana in an interview after his death. Two years later, she succumbed to lung cancer and was united with her soulmate once again.