For the past year I have been helping with the planning for my sister’s wedding. After Sam got engaged last October I have been helping my mom get ready, behind the scenes. Little did I know that my Maid of Honor duties would include helping to pick out the cocktail napkins and cutting over 800 pieces of ribbons for the favors.
The only thing I couldn’t help with was the weather. This past week was constant rain. I had several people telling me that rain was good luck or what a shame it was that the weather was going to be cold and rainy. Luckily my mom is a planner and we had anticipated the rain and planned ahead. We got a tent, heaters, umbrellas, and everything else. I really wanted to buy ponchos with their faces on it but I was quickly vetoed. Also everyone apologized about the rain. It wasn’t their fault that it rained. It reminded me of when I first was diagnosed and everyone kept saying how sorry they were. You didn’t cause it so you don’t need to apologize for my cancerness.
Now that we have entered post-wedding life it’s time to get back to reality. I have been on a chemo break for 2 months now and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I was able to be part of the big celebration and the lead up to the big day. Soon I will get back to taking my chemo on a daily basis. I thoroughly enjoyed my break and I am pretty sure I have gained back any weight I lost. I have eaten so much in the past two months and it has been glorious. It was nice to be able to eat something and not wonder if in an hour I would be sprinting to the bathroom.
Don’t worry. Joe has been with me throughout the wedding planning too. I think his favorite days were when I was away for a couple days for other weddings and a bachelorette weekend. He just loves his vacation time. Since on my chemo break I have the energy to actually accomplish something. We have recently been working on jumping. This past week my mom and sister came out to watch me ride. My favorite moment was seeing the look on their faces after we finished going over a couple jumps. They were just as excited as me. I am pretty sure Joe is pissed he wasn’t invited to the wedding. When I went to see him he had rolled in the mud, thanks to all the rain.
The most important thing that remained constant throughout the wedding planning has been my family. A family friend who came in for the wedding from Senegal explained what the best definition of what family is. She said that anyone you have come into contact with and whom you have taken care of becomes your family. It doesn’t matter where they come from or how long you have known them. I consider anyone who I have come into contact with over the past two years to be part of my family. Everyone has been a big influence in my life and has helped me along the way.
Now with the wedding over everyone keeps asking, “What’s next?” I plan to get back to blogging for sure. For this week however, I plan to catch up on sleep, go for my routine MRI of my knee, and ride. The bride and groom are happily in Italy for the next two weeks. After all the behind the scenes work we did for their wedding I hope they bring back some awesome gifts. If not I already threatened to switch all the cards on their wedding gifts so they would never truly knew who gave them what.