Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Bride With Cancer Ignores Advice To Change Wedding Date.

The Wedding Planners

The Wedding Planners

The Knot

Laurin and Michael's family and friends were delighted when the couple announced that they were engaged. The wedding date was set for March 24, 2018, which was exactly three years after their first date at the coffee shop. The wedding planning was underway, but in August 2017, Laurin and Michael received some news that sabotaged their plans as Laurin was once again confronted with a past she wanted to leave behind.

A Horrible Condition

A Horrible Condition


When Laurin and Michael met for the first time, she had Stage 2 breast cancer, and was undergoing treatment for it. In fact, their first couple of dates involved him taking her to the doctor, to surgeries, and chemo sessions. Everything seemed fine when all of her tests showed that she was cancer-free in 2015. This meant they could start thinking about their future, or so they assumed.

Déjà Vu Isn't What It Used To Be

Déjà Vu Isn't What It Used To Be

Laurin Bank

Laurin was contacted by her oncologist while she was planning a wedding in August 2017. The abnormal results from a routine test had worried her physician, so more tests were conducted, which confirmed her cancer had returned. But to make matters worse, it was Stage 4 and had metastasized to her liver and bones. Laurin would need to undergo chemotherapy again, and her odds weren't very good. But she wasn't worried because she had someone special in her life.

He Gave Her Strength

He Gave Her Strength / Facebook

On the day that he got her diagnosis, Laurin recalled what Michael said to her: “Mike looked at me and said, ‘Don’t you dare worry. It’s going to be okay,’” This gave her the strength she needed to try and beat cancer once again. She was ready to start chemo immediately, and always kept her wedding day in mind. But her cancer was relentless, and things started to look really bad.

A Grim Prognosis

A Grim Prognosis / Facebook

Laurin's health deteriorated months later as the cancer reached her lungs. That's when Laurin took her chances with a clinical trial. But her doctors suggested she move her wedding date up because they weren't optimistic about her odds. They were concerned that she would be in a wheelchair using an oxygen tank just to get through the ceremony in March, but that was assuming she survived. Uncertain, Laurin asked the person she loved for guidance.

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