Woman who recovers from broken back after car accident devastated after partner backs out of 1-year celebration

Gillian Sisley

A woman who overcame a devastating car accident wanted to celebrate her 1-year anniversary of recovery, only to find her partner was less than supportive, as detailed in the Reddit post.

*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*

After four years of a loving relationship, a head-on car accident put Paul and his partner in a difficult position. While Paul suffered no physical injuries, his partner was left with a broken back that put her in a back brace for months and physical therapy for the foreseeable future. The author explains:

"After I was out of the brace I started going to the gym and running, and at this point, I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made. A month ago, I found out that there was a 10k race on the 1-year anniversary of the accident in a mountain town about 3 hours away. I thought this would be a fun and positive way to spend the day and celebrate my recovery. I suggested this idea to Paul, my 2 best friends, and their partners—the plan was to drive there Friday afternoon, run the 10k Saturday morning, and spend the rest of the weekend exploring the town. Everyone was on board.”

That said, Paul had to soon fly to San Francisco for a job with his new employer, which put a wrench in their plan. The author continues:

“A few days before our trip, Paul told me his bosses now want him to be in SF on Sunday because they got box seats to a Giants game and they want him to come, so he would no longer be able to come on our trip. I thought he was joking, because he makes fun of “corporate kissing-up culture”, but he was serious. I told him to explain the situation and that they can’t expect him to be available with less than a week’s notice. He said he had already told them yes and he didn’t want to backtrack. So I asked him to tell them he forgot he had a wedding to attend or something like that, and he said he didn’t want to turn down the offer because it would be a “really good networking opportunity”.”

This news left his partner, who pleaded for him to join them on Friday and fly Sunday morning. She concludes with:

“I was almost in tears at this point, pleading with him to come and telling him how important it was to me. When I realized he wasn’t going to budge, I stopped trying to convince him, but I did let him know I was hurt and angered by his decision. The morning I was supposed to leave, Paul was trying to be affectionate and sweet towards me, but I’m still pretty upset, so I was admittedly pretty rude to him and rejected all attempts at affection. Now he’s upset with me for “ruining” our last day together and also for pressuring him to skip his work event.”

What do you think?

Was the author justified to be upset with her partner for choosing a networking event over the 1-year celebration of her recovery after such a horrible accident, which he caused?

Or is the author selfish to want to pressure her partner to give up a great work opportunity, and she’s not being understanding of the situation at hand?

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