(Closed) Postpone Wedding for Sick Parent?

posted 8 years ago in Emotional
Post # 4
520 posts
Busy bee

First of all hugs and best wishes and prayers that everything is okay with your mom.  I would probably recommend waiting until you at least get the biopsy results.  That way you know what you are dealing with and can make your decisions from there.  Keeping you in my thoughts….. 

Post # 5
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

you still have a lot of time until your wedding. wait until the results come, and then have conversations with your mom, your fi, and your close family about what you all think is best.

Post # 6
1638 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Braxter- I’m so sorry you and your family are gonig through this. Don’t make any decisions until the results are back. Last year I had a huge lump in my breast that turns out was just a benign tumor that got really huge. I’m hoping the best for your mom and for you as well.

Post # 7
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I agree with the previous posters, wait until the results are back, and then maybe sit down with your mom and see what she’d like to do. Fingers crossed for you.

Post # 8
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

*hugs* I would talk to your mom first after the tests come back.

Remember, having the joy of planning her daughters wedding may bring her some comfort while she is sick. Planning a wedding with her child might be a major bright spot during a horrible illness and give her something positive to hold onto when things get bad.



Post # 9
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m so sorry. 

First, wait until you actually get a diagnosis before doing anything. 

Second, cancer isn’t a death sentance.  My dad had a brain tumor, and now is cancer free and in remission.

Post # 10
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I agree with the other posters. Hold tight until your mom has a plan and knows more. Then come up with a plan for the wedding.

Post # 11
1537 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Stay strong! If you need to talk please PM me as I am going through a similar situation with my mother. She’s having a tumour removed from her kidney this December. Last winter her sister (my aunt) was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Wait for her results. It could be something completely harmless and to stress yourself unneccessarily is too much of a burden. It’s so difficult to face these trying times, but if you can keep your strength up than you can accomplish anything. If you feel like you are going to need to be there for your mom then you need to do what is right. I know in my case my mother didn’t want me to cancel the wedding because she wants us to have it as soon as possible. She’ll have stapels removed 7 weeks before we fly to Mexico. This was our personal choice that was right for us, so we’re making it work no matter what. All we can do is have a positive attitude to try to propel us forward.

Talk it out with you fiance and make sure everyone is really open and honest about what the next few months might be like for you. Family comes first, but your Fiance will also be your family now too. Once you have the results in you will have a much better idea of what kind of plans you’ll need to make, if you’ll have time for planning, or if the date is right.

Good luck! You and your mother are in my thoughts.

Post # 12
2465 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i agree with the other posters about waiting until the test results come back and talking with your mom. it could be really helpful to her to have such an exciting event to look forward to. when my mom had cancer, she used to imagine monet paintings during chemo as her “happy” place, but i’m sure a wedding and all that joy would have been even more of a happy, helpful vision to keep in mind

i want to comment too on what you said about your fi– “i felt so guilty pulling my fiance in the ditches with me that and adding my burden onto him”–PLEASE don’t feel guilty about that, he’s marrying you exactly so he can support you through situations like these, and vice versa. before we were engaged, my now-father in law had a tumor removed from his pancreas and it was a terrifying experience for my husband. he was pretty much a total mess, and didn’t know how to act to help his parents and handle his own fear. supporting him through that was one of the hardest, most stressful experiences i’ve ever had, and definitely the hardest thing we’ve gone through in our relationship (including a year of long distance dating), but we came out so much stronger. i know we can handle anything now together.

Post # 13
7689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper


Oh, the waiting is the hardest part-once you know, you can deal with things -sorry I have been there.  I hope that your mom is okay.  I wouldn’t delay your wedding that your planning.  Whatever the outcome, it is good to keep going on with your life.  Your Fiance is there in good and bad.  Breathe, take things one step at a time, and take care of yourself. 

Post # 14
35 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree … wait until the results are back.  Though I must say to you, this happened to my parents and my grandparents back like 35 yrs ago. My grandpa had stage 4 pancreatic cancer and was diagnosed a few months after my mom got engaged.  He told her not to postpone the wedding period. though my mom was adamant about it.  At the end, and this story was kind of sad, my grandpa passed away a few months before the wedding. Everyone was numb … but when the wedding day came, it was still joyous and humbling more than ever for my parents knowing that at least my grandpa knew that my mom was (and is still) in a very good hand and she has a man taking care of her!!!

Anyways, I hope and pray everything works out for you and your family! *big hugs*!!!!

Post # 15
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@braxter: I’m sorry that you have to go through this, again! I think you should talk with your mom and really hear her. Listen to her words, but look at her body language too. Tell her what you had planned and ask her what she would prefer. I was diagnosed with cancer while my sister was planning her wedding. She postponed “for me”- they were having problems so I really don’t think it was for me. She later got married between 7 surgeries and insisted that I be in it, I never understood what was happening. I was her excuse for everything….. I liked the wedding stuff because it was time off of cancer for me and my family. Unfortunately my sister didn’t really believe me and would do weird stuff- at the last minute she didn’t let me host showers and parties because I was sick. I LOVE hosting stuff, I still had thanksgiving at my house and everything else while getting chemo and on morphine because I love that stuff. I am sure you know your mom really well and will know what she wants. But believe her and trust that she is really telling you what she really wants. I bet as your mom she will want you to continue planning and will love to see you happy and living!

Post # 16
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with the others to wait.  But I think that your mom will want the wedding to look forward to, sick or not.

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