My best friends wedding!

My best friends wedding!

30th April 2017………Megan and stuart’s wedding day! So much planning and preparation for this day. It was going to be perfect.

So my alarm went off at 630 as I needed to be at the hilton metropole in Brighton at 730 to start the day off! We arrived at the hotel and I went straight to Megan’s room, I was so excited to be maid of honour and I couldn’t wait to see her! Jodie the other bridesmaid and Sharon the mother of the bride arrived shortly after me. We were all so excited, music playing, bubbles flowing!!!

The hair and make up girls arrived just after 8am, Jade the hairdresser and annabel the make up artist. They were amazing!! So chilled out! There was a plan to get us all ready, one in the hair chair and one in the make up chair.

Carla the photographer arrived about the same time, she was brilliant. She didn’t get in the way at all, but she took the most amazing photos.

The flowers arrived about 1030 they were gorgeous! So stunning! Lillac and white flowers…..beautiful!

Megan gave me and jodie a necklace each with a little message in the box, it was beautiful!

Jodie and I got into our dresses so we were ready to help megan later in the morning. Once we got dressed, the photographer took us out to the most amazing staircase to have some photos done.

stairs

Then we went back to the room to get megan ready. We got her into her stunning dress, shoes on, jewellery on then had a glass of bubbles! She was ready!

meg wedding on sofa

Megan’s dad then came up to the room to get megan. The photographer was ready to capture his moment, it was beautiful and so moving.  He cried at how beautiful megan looked. I had to go in the other room so I didn’t ruin my makeup from the happy tears.

The registrars came to the room to speak to megan. Then we were ready to go. We headed down the stairs, more photos then we headed to the Clarence suite for the ceremony. The flower girls went down the aisle first then the mums with a usher each, then it was mine and jodies turn. We walked down the aisle and headed to our seat. Then the song changed, megan and her dad started to walk down the aisle. Absolutely stunning!

ceremony

The ceremony was beautiful, so perfect! Time for a drink!!! We went into another room so the hotel staff could change the room around ready for the wedding breakfast. While we were waiting the wedding party had more photos done.

meg wedding on stairs

When we went into the wedding breakfast, I was gobsmacked! It looked stunning! We all took our seats ready to greet the new Mr and Mrs Robertson! They came in to the biggest cheer. We sat down for a meal which was really tasty. Cheese and onion tart, roast chicken and chocolate terrine all washed down with lovely wine.

meal

Then it was time for the speeches!

Perry the father of the bride was up first, his speech was lovely so moving. I was crying again! The Stuart the groom, again it was lovely and guess what I cried again! Kyle next, the best man. Now this was funny, I couldn’t stop laughing! Then……….it was my turn! I was so nervous, but it went fine. I nearly started crying again as I looked at megan who was nearly crying too. It was hard to write but I got there in the end.

The people who were involved in the wedding got given gifts. I got a bottle of prosecco, a engraved glass and a personalised candle.

gifts

We went into the other room again while they sorted out the room for the reception. When we went back in the disco was ready, the photobooth was ready which meant PARTY!!!!!!

Megan and Stuart cut the cake which was incredible! Lemon drizzle Base, chocolate fudge middle tier and top tier was raspberry and vanilla buttercream. So tasty!

cake

Now it was time for the first dance and father daughter dance. Their first dance was to a song by hunter hayes and the father daughter dance was to daddy’s little girl by the Shires. It was so nice to watch.

Then the party really got going, lots of dancing, drinking and plenty of photos in the photobooth!!

photobooth

Eventually it was time for bed. The next morning we met up for breakfast and had plenty of giggles about the day! Megan and Stuart had Mr and Mrs jumpers on…….too cute!!!!

breakfast

The wedding was perfect! I felt very honoured to be involved and it was very special to me. I will never forget it!

 

My story from June 2014

My story from June 2014

So before June 2014, I was healthy, working and doing all the things I love. Then BAM! I was rushed into hospital with appendicitis, they kept me in that night and took it out first thing the next morning. The pain was UNBEARABLE! So after I woke up from surgery I was obviously still in a lot of pain but I was well looked after and dosed up with strong painkillers. THANK GOD! I was discharged the following day, I was so glad to get out and go home to my own bed.

After 2 weeks I went to see my GP for a check up, I was still exhausted and still in a lot of pain. She told me I had post viral fatigue and that it would go away, I just needed to go home and rest. So another 2 weeks passed and I was still no better, in actual fact I was getting worse. So my husband (fiancé back then) took me back to see my GP and she said it was strange to still be so fatigued and in pain. The pain was in my muscles and starting to affect my joints too. So she referred me to a rheumatologist.

When I had my appointment she was testing me for rheumatoid arthritis. I had bloods taken and physical examination done. She said it wasn’t R.A and that if I didn’t get better in another 4 weeks to go back to my GP.

You guessed it another 4 weeks passed and still no better but worse! Now it was affecting my mobility and daily life. I wasn’t going out unless I really had to and then I was struggling to walk. My GP then referred me to a ME/chronic fatigue clinic. When I was seen by them they diagnosed me with fibromyalgia.

When I was finally given a diagnosis, the time came to give up my job as I could no longer do it. I worked as a support worker which I loved. I really didn’t want to give up work but my health came first. Everyone was so supportive.

From this point I was given so much help and support. I was having to get up with Michael and he was helping me get showered and dressed before he went to work. Which wasn’t ideal for either of us. It was causing me more fatigue and pain but it was affecting Michael too! It wasn’t fair on him but he kept saying ‘I’m doing it because I love you’. He is amazing!

But then my GP was amazing she referred me to a social worker to arrange care. I was seen by physiotherapists and occupational therapists who helped me get the equipment I need.

I eventually started having carers from may 2015. It is such a great help, now I have a carer come to me Monday-Friday in the morning to help me shower, dress and get my breakfast.

I also suffer with colitis which affects me everyday. Its a form of inflammatory bowel disease. It causes pain and frequent visits to the toilet…

I also have brittle asthma which isn’t nice! I have quite a few asthma attacks during a year and I’m on a fair bit of medication! Its a unstable form of asthma which can be made worse by a number of things. Mine is affected by people smoking but not just around me, I also get affected if i can smell smoke on someone. So all my carers know about this and are very careful.

I take a lot of meds for all my illnesses and conditions. Now I am used to living with these daily but it did take some getting used to, as I had to change the way I did everything and accept help.

I now have a wheelchair that I use if I go out which is amazing!!!! At first I didn’t want to use it but then I thought why should I stay indoors and suffer just because I was worried about what people would say. Now my favourite saying is ‘if they don’t like it, don’t look!’

Me and Michael got married on 5th March 2016, it was the best day of my life! It was a challenge for me with all my health issues but everyone helped. The hotel we had the wedding at were amazing and they did everything they could to help me. After the wedding it took me about a week to recover. But the pain was so worth it!

I then fell pregnant in august 2016, this was my first pregnancy. We were over the moon and so were our families. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be and I had a miscarriage on 28th October 2016. It was heart breaking for everyone and it took a long time to get our heads round. Now we are focussed on the future and we will get pregnant again when the time is right.

So there you have it guys! That’s my story about how one operation changed my life!

If you know anyone that suffers with any of these conditions offer them support and don’t judge them. Just asking if they need a hand with anything will make such a difference……trust me!

Thanks for reading my story guys!

Be back next Friday with another blog.

xxxxx