Becky Swales has been battling breast cancer for four years. Along the way, she thankfully received some good news -- her three daughters all got engaged around the same time -- which is pretty special and I'm sure served to lift up her spirits a bit. When she recently found out from doctors that she only has a few months left to live, her daughters knew the right thing to do would be to revise their plans so mom wouldn't miss one of the most special moments of their lives. So the three Swales sisters will be holding a triple wedding at the end of the month.
One of the sisters says their mom is their best friend and that the wedding will be one of the last, greatest things they get to do with mom. Since we all know how impossible it is to change wedding plans at the last minute, the Swales sisters' generous neighbors in their Georgia community are pitching in with donations, and even their event venue is helping out to make this day possible. It's really a heartwarming story.
There seem to be quite a few stories like these in the news lately. Just a few weeks ago, a video went viral showing terminally ill dad Johnny Wells holding a touching mock wedding for his ten-year-old daughter Nicole. Like the Swales family, the Wells felt a wedding was a momentous occasion in a person's life and wanted to be a part of their child's experience in whatever way possible. I know a lot of people complain that getting married shouldn't be treated as the be-all end-all of a woman's life, and I agree.
But I would also argue that weddings are important to men, too. They're just plain important, period. My husband and I dealt with a similar situation when we were planning our wedding. His father had been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer and we knew there was a good chance he wouldn't make it to our wedding. My husband and I tried everything we could to move up our wedding or involve his dad in some way, but it unfortunately didn't work out for us.
The point is -- I completely understand why the Swales sisters would want their mom at their wedding and I think they -- and their entire community -- have managed to do a beautiful thing for her.
How do you feel about the sisters' decision to move up their wedding so their sick mom could attend?
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