(Closed) FSIL terminally ill

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I would book the venue. If her health changes maybe you could do a smalll courthouse wedding with immediate family and then next year do a vow renewal at your venue.

I am really sorry your Future Sister-In-Law is going through this. I was a nurse in oncology for almost 4 years giving chemo, her positive attitude will make such a big difference. I hope she finds a clincial trial that is successful. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Post # 4
2398 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am sorry, I hope it all works out. 🙁 

@ieatunicorns:  Great idea!

Post # 6
5668 posts
Bee Keeper

@ieatunicorns:  This is what I was going to suggest.

@crabmallet:  I’m glad to hear they’re being proactive and has submitted for drug trials. I’m sorry you, your Fiance and your future in-laws are going through this.

Post # 7
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I agree with waiting a little while to actually book. I dont think that you should put your entire process on hold though. And I also agree with @MrsMeNow.. You could always do a smaller ceremony with her present and then renew your vows at the big wedding if it does come to that. Fingers crossed for you and your FH and his family! Hope everything works out and your Future Sister-In-Law gets better!!

Post # 8
13 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think @MrsMeNow has a good suggestion. And it sounds like going ahead with your plans as you had them intially is in line with your FSIL’s preferences.  I think your fiance’s family is unlikely to be offended, unless you make a big deal out of having booked your venue, but it sounds like you are quite sensitive to their feelings, so I doubt you would do this!  I am so sorry you are going through this. 

Post # 9
386 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Ask her how she feels. I had a similar situation with my father in law. He did not want the wedding moved, didn’t want anything changed. He felt like it would mean giving him a expiration date and he felt like he would not have anything to look foward to if we moved it up. I was willing to get married in the hospital room if we had to when things got worse but when the time came he got sick so quickly. Admitted into the hospital and passed away a few days later, he had a few hospital visits months before and always made it back out okay. It was very up and down. On his last day it just didn’t seem important, the wedding seemed so insignificant. He was a part of our lives/relationship for years, we took trips together, joked around, had good times and that time seemed to matter a lot more than this one day. I hope this makes sense, I am not sure how to word it properly. I am very sad that he will not be there for our wedding, I feel some regret that we didn’t move it to this past April (he would have been there) but you can’t predict these things. I don’t have much advice, sorry for what you are going through, I hope everything works out and I wish you Future Sister-In-Law the best.

Post # 10
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would book it and say nothing about booking it unless asked. Really you could not do many other plans for another 8 months or so if you have the venue and photographer and possibly DJ booked.

I wish your future SIL the best. I have had my father pass away from cancer when no trials would work and it’s a hard thing for the family to go through.

Post # 11
998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I completely understand your feeling like your fiance’s family will think it is selfish for planning your wedding, but here’s the thing: I honestly do not think they will.  It is very, very, very sad what your Future Sister-In-Law is going thru but wouldn’t talking with her about the wedding plans and getting excited with her be just what the family needs to get their minds off of it?  My grandmother passed away a month ago, and even tho I knew that she wouldn’t be around for my wedding, I still talked to her about my wedding like she was going to be there.  And she loved it. At my wedding, I will honor her by wearing her pearls.  If, God forbid, something were to happen prior to your wedding, you can always honor her at your wedding.  I think if your Future Sister-In-Law found out you were changing your wedding plans around her illness it would really bother her. 

I’m really sorry that you are going thru this, and I wish you and your family the best.

Post # 13
8435 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@OtterHalf:  This exactly.

My BIL got married in April whilst I was undergoing chemo and I would not have wanted them to change anything. Having a great night out with family was a real highlight and having something to look forward to amid the countless test, drugs and doctors appointments is definately a plus for wellbeing.

But OP don’t ever feel that your concerns are trivial just because someone is going through something. No ones concerns are trivial if they are a concern to them.

As someone with breast cancer I just want to say don’t put your life on hold. Life is way too short! And I know this will sound callous but please be realistic. Your Future Sister-In-Law has recieved possibly the worst news a cancer patient can (Stage 4 metastatic) and whilst she and your family are pinning their hopes on a drug trial please realise that a drug trial is just that a trial. I am in a drug trial and my cancer came back. It happens especially if it is a blind trial. It is a great thing to be included in but you do have to reconcile that it is a trial and trials often do not work.  I am sure your Future Sister-In-Law wouldn;t want you and your Fiance to put your life on hold for a what if.

At the end of the day if you are really concerned talk to her. I know a lot of people don’t wont to bother someone who is ill but at the same time a lot of people who are ill don’t want to be treated any different than anyone else. Normality is often the most comfort!

Best wishes to your Future Sister-In-Law and your family.

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