Over a year ago now, my best friend of 20+ years approached me and asked me if I would do her the honour of being maid of honour at her wedding to her then fiancée, Ed, this June. I of course agreed, as she was mine back in 2007 and I was so honoured to be able/alive to return the favour! Having been on the transplant waiting list for almost a year when Beth asked me, I was naively hopeful that I would have received my transplant by the time the big day came around! Well... things didn’t exactly turn out that way! Two false alarms occurred, but not a lot else! As the wedding crept nearer and nearer I began wishing for something that I never thought I would wish for... That Harefield WOULDN’T call! Please don’t think of me as stupid or worse still, ungrateful - I would of course have trundled up to Harefield had I received a call, but when there is something so exciting and un-CF or hospital related to look forward to, it really makes a change! (Also, there would have been the possibility of the call being another false alarm which would have just added insult to injury!)
Luke and I were very fortunate to be given access to free (and incredibly sumptuous, might I add!!) bed and breakfast accommodation within the farm on which Ed works and the wedding reception took place. I cannot begin to express my gratitude towards how accommodating people were to ensure that I could take part in Beth and Ed’s day. It goes without saying that I was nervous as to how I would ‘cope’ physically with the day but it transpires that I need not have worried! Aside from the fact that I was pretty well (by my standards) Beth and Ed’s family, as well as Luke and Kate (Beth’s other bridesmaid), did more than enough to make sure that all I had to do was be there for Beth, walk down the aisle and enjoy the day! Even with an oxygen canister in one hand I was able to do my maid of honour duties (the removal of the veil and being responsible for the bridal bouquet!)
|The bridesmaids and the bride!|
|The gorgeous happy couple!|
Whilst my CF obviously limited my ability to boogie the night away on the dance floor and party into the small hours, the huge amount of support and loving care I received from my friends meant that I still managed to participate fully in Beth and Ed’s day. I was worried that all of my extra demands, such as machinery and needing a bit of an extra helping hand would somehow ruin the occasion (stupid, I know!!) However, that didn’t happen in the slightest, the wedding and the reception were beautiful, with a real atmosphere of love and happiness. I am completely thrilled for the new Mr and Mrs Bagshaw, everyone had an amazing day and although I was pretty wiped out for the next two days, I would do it all again in a heartbeat! Thank you Beth and Ed for including me in your special day!
I did it!