Couple planning wedding, life despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

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  • JonathanPDX Portland, Oregon
    Nov. 27, 2012 7:44 a.m.

    Wow! Great story. It's wonderful to see two people looking beyond their current status to a future, not only here in mortality, but beyond.

    I wish them all the best and much happiness in their and forever.

  • JRJ Pocatello, ID
    Nov. 26, 2012 9:03 p.m.

    The only difference between them and each of us is they are more aware of their immortality and can appreciate the beauty of life right now. Thank you for an inspirational story. I too, wish you a beautiful wedding and a life time of eternal happiness. God bless you.

  • utah cornhusker NORFOLK, NE
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:58 p.m.

    What a beautiful couple. May God bless them. She is so upbeat. Some people could get really depressed with that diagnosis. I hope and pray for the best for them in their endeavors. Cancer does suck as ive lost family to it. I hope desnews finds other uplifting articles like this. Good job, emiley.

  • Cougar10 West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:38 p.m.

    Inspiring. Thoughts and prayers for this couple!

  • Archie1954 Vancouver, BC
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    She must access the medical lab in Alberta that recently found a treatment for cancer using an old drug that was previously used for a whole different purpose. She can read about it on the globeandmail website. Apparently it works super fast and is extremely inexpensive.

  • Nichelle SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 6:00 p.m.

    Thanks so much for doing this article on them Emiley! You nailed Amanda's personality. I really loved reading this.

  • castle Morgantown, WV
    Nov. 26, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    I know without a doubt that Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways. He just reminded me again with this story which touched my heart deeply as my tears kept falling while reading it. I'm having my own trials of mortality in recent months related to cancer. I've come to terms with the uncertainty following surgery last month - and have opted not to proceed with chemo and radiation. Another health issue now with a small mass in my left upper lung. At first it was overwhelming and I was in denial even as I prayed. Now I'm at peace with my decisions.

    I have life goals I plan to accomplish and will hope for the time to do so. I wasn't aware there were so many compassionate and kind people in this world that cared about me beside my close loved ones. Thank you to all the doctors, surgeons, nurses, and medical staff that strive daily to help and save lives.

    How wonderful to know that this couple cherishes each other so much and will marry in the temple. May God continue to bless their love, strength, and courage. I will keep them both in my prayers.

  • Bastiatarian TUCSON, AZ
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    Saying that this is very inspiring would be a significant understatement.
    Although it's deeply stretching for a person to have to deal with "How long?" "How much?" "How good" each day, a knowledge of the potential for family relationships to be eternal adds an even more transcending level of perspective, as does the knowledge that a loving Father and His Son are with us each step of the way.

    Time to go give my wife a hug and tell her that I love her.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Nov. 26, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Ok, I'm done complaining about job, money etc etc for the rest of this year and beyond.
    Thank you DN for passing this beautiful story along to the readers.
    Is sounds like a story that could be made into a beautiful Christmas movie.

    And Love...true love (princess bride style)
    God bless them both.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:58 p.m.

    this story sort of puts things in proper perspective in life...setting aside selfishness and allowing faith and simple human decency to rule your life

  • Buzzards LEHI, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    Cancer sucks, but people don't. Best wishes to the happy couple from a fellow traveler.

  • vinniecat Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    This story mirrors that of my younger sister. She was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at the age of 24, in November. She and her boyfriend decided to move ahead with their lives and they were married in December. Doctors didn't give her a lot of hope, so she searched around for one who would help them be hopeful. She and her husband enjoyed 3+ more years together. During her treatment Avastin and Erbitux came on the market and improved the quality and length of her life. I hope the very best for this couple and who knows what will be in store for them? God bless them and may they enjoy their lives together, however long or short they may be.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    I remember my wife telling me the biopsy had the "C" word and all I thought about was what am I going to do with our 7 children, ages 5-19, as a military person that could be deployed anytime.

    23 years later and another bout 8 years ago of another "C" type, miracles do happen and I regret that my first thought was selfish.

    I have learned how important my wife is to me and our family everyday of our life.

    We are given gifts of love and devotion from our spouses and children that keeps God's gifts to us in our hearts and souls.

    People in our lives are more valuable than gold for this life and eternity.

    What a beautiful story of love and devotion in these two people's life.

    Life is a roller coaster at every phase of life. God has given us the ability to adapt and show kindness, charity, love and devotion to our family, friends, and neighbors no matter where we live and with our abilities and disabilities.

    This helps me remember how much we should care about all of God's creations, especially those close and dear to us and tell them everyday.

  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Nov. 26, 2012 8:06 a.m.

    That's the great thing about love, it can let us see beautiful things when circumstances are not so pleasent. Love is the triumph of hope over reality, we need that in our lives when sometimes we are facing darkness, its almost as if you have to be there to get it. During World War Two the marriage rate grew dramatically, time was more important than in prewar days and couples rather than wait or spend time planning elebarate weddings just went out and got hitched. With the man/groom/boyfriend going off to war maybe never coming back, the urgency was palpable. To the critics who might have included moms and dads it didn't make sence, to the two it didn't have to make sence, love never does. I want to be yours, even if just for a little while.......
    Bless you two with every blessing Heaven has to give! To everyone else learn from these two beautiful people.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Nov. 26, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    You are an inspiration. Thank God for love, for Temple Marriage, for the plan of salvation and the Grace of Christ that blur the line between this temporary mortal life and eternity. God bless you both.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 6:53 a.m.

    I wish the best to this couple, especially where she's in such a difficult state of health, it's wonderful she can have these moments of joy and love. It's quite a contrast to many who in cases of life-threatening illnesses have loved ones abandon them because their loved ones can't face mortality. So kudos to the young man with the courage to have his heart broken.

    Btw, I have a friend who after 30 years of living together with a man is marrying her sweetheart who is going through cancer treatment. In her case, she did it because he has an estranged daughter who would have power of attorney. My friend has fewer legal rights not being married to him--and so she and he decided to marry to prevent the daughter from tampering legally with the legalities of his medical care (pulling the plug), and to avoid legal entanglements.

  • just an opinion 2 West Valley City, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 6:44 a.m.

    What a feel good story. This little gal and her soon to be husband are a true testament of what true love are. My prayers of hope go out to them both. Thank you DN for sharing this heartwarming story!

    Nov. 26, 2012 5:59 a.m.

    "Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be Blest." May the grace of God always guide and bless you.

  • marlli Herriman, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 4:50 a.m.

    Thank you for the terrific article, Emiley! Amanda and Jason are an amazing couple. Our whole family is praying that they will have a long life together. Hopefully, others will feel inclined to share some of their Christmas money to the YouCaring fund. Nice work, DesNews!

  • thelogicalone salt lake city, UT
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:41 a.m.

    What an inspirational couple! I wish you both a lifetime of happiness.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Nov. 26, 2012 12:14 a.m.

    I wish the best for this woman and her family and will pray for her.