CHIPLEY - It was a whirlwind romance that began at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Chipley.


CHIPLEY - It was a whirlwind romance that began at Washington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Chipley.



Susan Johnson, 58, and Edmond Shirah, 51, met shortly after both became residents of WRNC. Edmond said it was love at first sight for him, but Susan admitted she was oblivious to his adoration.



"It took me about seven months to notice he liked me," she laughed. "I had to be told, but from there, it was a whirlwind. I was attracted to his resiliency, the way he's overcome so much. He has severe diabetes and has lost two legs, but despite all that, he always has a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye."



Susan, a Dothan native, and Edmond, who hails from Bonifay, soon decided to get married, much to the delight of the WRNC staff.



"They were very excited for us," said Susan. They planned the reception, took pictures, and made a fuss. I think they were as happy as we were."



The wedding took place May 30, at the home of the groom's parents in Bonifay, where the couple exchanged vows from their motorized chairs.



WRNC staff later hosted a reception at the Jukebox Café, located in the facility. Staff is also currently in the process of preparing a room for the couple to share.



"They're letting us make a real home," said Susan. "I can't wait to fix it up."



Meanwhile, Susan says she has some advice for those who may have given up on finding their true love.



"It can happen so quick and when you least expect it," she said. "Miracles do happen, and he's mine."