Bernice and my friendship is not a tale of friends who have known each other since they were 4 years old and passed through the years with one another, through those awkward teenager years, we don't have old school stories to tell you a part from our own separate ones, in fact we've only known each other since February 2013. That's only nearly 4 years but I can quite honestly say Bernice is one of the best and truest friends I've ever had. 

In February 2013 both of us had been on the transplant list a number of months by this point and ITV were doing a campaign to try and raise awareness for organ donation called "From the Heart." Both Bernice and I were involved in the campaign, I saw Bernice's news piece and thought I'd be a bit stalkery and I found her twitter where I just said you know an encouraging (in my mind lol) "well done" on it. We started chatting and basically I guess the rest is history, we became great friends. Bernice was one of the biggest supports for me leading up to my transplant and was some one that I turned to a lot. I like to think I helped a little when she got her transplant too lol. It doesn't feel like I've only known Bernice for 4 short years but during that time she got her transplant, met her boyfriend who then became her fiancee who is now her husband!!! 

When Bernice asked me to be her Maid of Honour I knew it was a day I had to see and it was a day that I actually thought I'd get to see when everything was running smoothly, the past few months though brought that all into question I had no idea if I could make it because firstly they were meant to be getting married in 2017 and without a second transplant I'm pretty sure that was going to be a no no but then luckily Bernice and Scott decided to bring their wedding forward due to other circumstances and whatnot and when Bernice told me it was to be November 12th I was determined that was a day I could make, no matter how I felt that day I was going to see my best friend walk down the aisle and marry Scott! I definitely wasn't a traditional maid of honour because I couldn't do all the running around that I was meant to do and help with setting up and all of that stuff but just being there and being able to witness my best friend on one of the most special days of her life was amazing for me. She looked so beautiful, she picked the nicest girls to be bridesmaids and they just made everything so lovely for her when I couldn't do the things I would have loved to have done. The day was just so special. Scott was in floods of tears and at some points it didn't seem like he would stop, you probably had to be there but looking at Scott and the way he was you would never be able to deny the love he has for Bernice. The fact Bernice had always said she would never get married and was adamant about it shows that Scott had to be something amazing to change that and I'm so happy she found someone that was able to do that.  

I took part in the entire day from start to finish and I'm so impressed with my body for coping with it. I wish we could do it all over again for her because it was just such a joy to see Bernice so happy, Bernice is one of those people who deserves all the happiness the world. They say you can't pick your family but you can pick your friends, well Bernice is certainly like a sister to me so I think you can pick your family if you want to.

As always, thank-you for reading and chat soon

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful - I'm so glad that you were able to be there and share in your friend's special day x


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