I remember feeling overjoyed and honored a year ago after I received a package in the mail. It was a small box containing beautiful gold-knot post earrings and a note that said, “Will you be my bridesmaid?” It was from one of my closest friends, Erica. Without a second thought, I agreed.
We have been best of friends for 13 years. She was in my wedding, and now I had the chance to be in hers.
The reason I felt so overjoyed and honored is that Erica comes from a big family with cousins she’s very close to. For her to include me in her special day — along with her sister, cousins, and soon-to-be sister-in-law — meant a lot. Erica has always looked past my Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), and she knew we could make this work.
Being a bridesmaid is a big responsibility on what can be a long day, with or without FA. It includes starting early in the morning to do hair and makeup with the rest of the bridesmaids, taking pictures with the bridal party, and then attending the ceremony and the reception. However, I was happy to be a part of it, and I couldn’t have done any of it without the patience, support, and understanding of Erica, the mothers of the bride and groom, and the other bridesmaids.