“Love conquers all, doesn’t it? “: Bride terminally ill to get marriage delayed by COVID

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“Love conquers all, doesn’t it? “: Bride terminally ill to get marriage delayed by COVID


Kat and Phil Southwell are tweaking their wedding plans again.

They have already moved the date four times.

Now they can invite more guests.

Eight friends were waiting, they will now join the festivities on Sunday, June 27.

Another date was not an option for the Brightwell-cum-Sotwell couple in Oxfordshire.

Kat was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer just two weeks after her engagement.

She is terminally ill and determined to celebrate with her friends and family.

“Weddings are an event in people’s lives. And whether it’s 12 months of your life or whether you’re 60 or 70, you still engage with that person, ”she said.

The couple officially got married two years ago, after they realized Kat was not going to get any better.

They have since been planning a wedding celebration.

“We can’t really continue to postpone because there will come a time when only one of us will be left,” Phil said.

Planning a wedding in a pandemic has been a nightmare.

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One of the couple’s obsolete tea towels saves the date

The couple had special “save the date” tea towels made, which are now long out of date.

“Everything requires a plan A, a plan B, a plan C. You have to think everything through. We have six different seating plans – in fact, now we’re going to have to do another version of the seating plan, ”Kat said.

The problem is that much of the organization has to be booked and paid for weeks in advance.

“Flowers have a one month order lead time, so we had to commit to indoor flowers, outdoor flowers because we don’t know what we would be able to do. “

Kat, 44, has regular checkups, and although her cancer hasn’t returned yet, it’s never far from her mind.

“You live scan after scan. I have a scan every 12 weeks and you don’t know what will be in this next scan. So when I’m scanned again in July, what if they find out it’s spreading to my brain, and then we look at six months? “

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The final invitation!

That’s why she didn’t want any more delays on her big day.

“The whole of our engagement and our marriage was sick, there was no part of health for it on my part.

“And I want to be able to make that commitment to Phil, while I’m as good as I can be.” “

The couple believe it is “unfair” that other big events like football matches have been allowed to take place.

But they remain optimistic, bubbly and positive.

Counting the days, with their long-awaited wedding celebration finally in sight.

“We are committed to each other no matter how much time we have left as a married couple, and that is really important to me. I think in some ways, you know, love conquers everything, right? Kat said.

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