(Closed) Thinking about temporarily calling off engagement due to my health issues

posted 4 years ago in Emotional
Post # 2
429 posts
Helper bee

You do understand calling off an engagement is essentially saying ‘I don’t want to marry you’ or even ‘let’s break up’?

There is no shame in needing to postpone your wedding or take some time off from planning to recover and get things sorted but you certainly don’t need to call of your engagement.

If you did call it off, what would the plan be? Would you ever get married? Would he have to propose again? 

IMO, calling off an engagement after all the support your Fiance has given you would be a slap in the face. Unless there are other issues you haven’t told us about?…

Post # 3
172 posts
Blushing bee

I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I would talk to him about this. I don’t see why you’d need to call off the engagement but maybe postpone the wedding if you have a date set.  

FYI, I’ve seen some serious success for patients with Parkinson’s and the deep brain stimulator! Good luck. Sending hugs. 

Post # 4
7851 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Do you still want to marry him? Does he still want to marry you? You can postpone your wedding without breaking off your engagement. Think about this, Bee. 

Sending healing wishes your way. 

Post # 5
1822 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Sorry things are so tough for you right now. Why do want to call off the engagement? I don’t think engagement is a thing you can take a break from. It’s a commitment. Postponing the wedding is fine. Taking time with family is fine. But you don’t need to break that commitment for either of those. 

Post # 6
9873 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I’m sorry you have to go through this, it is a tough time! You know you can recover at your parents’ without breaking off the engagement right?

 I personally wouldn’t call off the engagement, just put off the wedding planning for a while. You can still be engaged while you recover. Fiance and I got engaged in January 2012, and I got diagnosed with major depressive disorder in March/April 2012 and anxiety & Bipolar disorder type 2 a year later. Sure it’s a tough time to go through as a couple and it means you can’t get married as soon as you planned, but it doesn’t mean you have to call it all off and break the engagement.

Ultimately it is something you need to decide as a couple. Talk to him, like you plan to, about how you’re feeling and see what he thinks. Good luck bee and I hope the surgery goes well!

Post # 7
490 posts
Helper bee

I disagree. Why do you think he won’t support you? if you call it off, he may feel rejected and unloved. Big Mistake in my opinion.

Post # 8
10282 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

If my husband had broken off the engagement that would have been it for us. If he wanted to post-pone the wedding for valid reasons that would have been fine and we would have figured it out, but breaking the engagement entirely, I would have been extremely hurt.

Are you re-thinking marrying your Fiance or do you want to just post-pone the wedding?

Post # 9
3228 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Why not just postpone the wedding…

Post # 10
10506 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

Just adding to  all the others..  Why would you want to break off the  engagement ? Unless you are  intending to ‘free’ him  from  the intent to marry you , that is. When you say calling off the engagment and taking a break with my FI”  do you mean taking a break FROM your fi?

He might,  as a pp has said, take that as tantamount to a vote  of no confidence  in  his ability to love and care for you. 

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 If you really do fear that is the case, then I can understand it , of course , but if you are doing it out of nobility as it were , are you  then intending not to see him any more? I don’t think you can  really take a break from  an engagement , it either exists or it’s ended

 If you know your condition won’t make any difference to him,  then not only do I not see the point in breaking off the engagement , but  I don’ t even see the point in postponing the wedding .Scaling   it right down and make it as stress free as poss,  I can  see that .

I am SO sorry this thing is happening  to you and I hope very  strongly for a  good outcome from the surgery.   

Post # 11
3804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I don’t understand. Why would you need to break off your engagement to recover from surgery?? Do you not want to marry him? You said it takes a toll on him to help you, so are you saying you’re doing this to ‘release’ him? That may not be his view at all!

Post # 12
1598 posts
Bumble bee

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kycoll :  I’m sorry your having to go through all this and hope the surgery works well. 

I don’t understand why you need to break up with him or end the engagement. Do you still want to be together and marry him? If the answer is yes then I would recommend talking to him about it. Extend out the engagement and explain that you want to give him a break after surgery and stay with your parents for a bit. 

Post # 13
323 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I think if you call off the engagement then you won’t get back together – that’s how most “called off engagements” work – you either want to marry that person, or you don’t. You can have a longer engagement and postpone the wedding/planning, but I think you need to figure out if you want to get married or not. I’m sorry you’re going through this and hope you get better quickly and that the surgery goes smoothly.

Post # 14
5151 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think you mean postponing the wedding, not calling off the engagement. I think it’s perfectly appropriate to put your health over a wedding. DO what you need to do for yourself and your health. 

Post # 15
1359 posts
Bumble bee

I’m thinking maybe you mean you want to postpone the wedding, not call it off entirely? If you love your Fiance and want to eventually marry him, please don’t break the engagement! That would absolutely be a dealbreaker for me and for many people, as you’re telling him you no longer want to marry him. I think you have a completely valid reason to postpone if you’ll be going through medical treatment and need time to recover. 

FWIW, I met my now-husband shortly after I had extensive brain surgery. Has it always been easy? Nope. But he is my person, and I’d never have dreamed of calling off my engagement as I went through additional surgeries and recovery. That’s where the whole “in sickness and in health” thing comes in! 

I wish you the best with your treatments.

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