Cystic Fibrosis is an illness that is close to my heart, my little girl Caitlin is 9 and was diagnosed when she was 3 yrs old with this awful life threatening condition. Being so powerless to change things i decided that i really wanted to do something that could help them directly. When your challenged with any kind of illness day to day life can be a struggle let alone planning a wedding. I began to think that as a wedding planner could i be of any help to any couples with Cystic fibrosis? So i jumped onto the CF Trust forum in the UK and offered my services to any future brides and grooms who needed any help in organising things for their big day. I had thought i would only get one response but was amazed and touched when i heard from 6 couples! of course i was going to help each and every one of them.
Kirstie, came to me for some inspiration, a little lost after doctors had told her she was not well enough to travel abroad for her dream wedding she did not really know what to do next. I called her and after a long chat we came up with some ideas, we needed a perfect venue. After looking at lots of places we found one, and today months down the line her wedding became reality.
You may think that this is nothing out of the ordinary until i tell you that Kirstie is waiting for a double lung transplant, is on permenant oxygen and has been told that she has around 6 months to live without that transplant. The last 4 days she has spent in the High Dependancy Unit of her local hospital with her lungs struggling to take a breath. No one really knew if today was really going to happen. Well i am so happy to say it did. Even though i only played a small part in helping her to turn her wedding into reality, i am touched and inspired by this young woman's bravery. I have made good friends with many people with CF and they all have one thing in common, they are such fighters and wont let anything bring them down.
Below i have posted the link for anyone to see a clip of her wedding which was filmed for the local news.http://www.itv.com/westcountry-west/
also here is the link if you wish to know more about the Cystic Fibrosishttp://www.cftrust.org.uk/