Bride beats huge brain tumor before wedding
Stephanie Parr was forced to cancel her original wedding plans after doctors discovered a three-inch tumor in her brain.
Stephanie and Neil Parr met in 2011, and they hit it off immediately. Within three months, they'd moved in together, and five months after that, Neil proposed. They were planning an April wedding.
But one night, Neil woke up to hear Stephanie making an unusual sound.
"He tried to wake me up but he couldn't," Stephanie told the Telegraph. "So he called an ambulance and I was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital. The doctors there said it looked like I'd suffered a seizure."
More on MSN Living: 8 signs you're too bossy in bed
From there, Stephanie underwent a series of tests, and finally, she was ordered to undergo a brain scan.
"When I got there, they asked who was with me. I said 'Mum' and I suddenly knew something was up."
Stephanie found out she had a tennis ball-sized tumor in her brain.
"I saw the fact that I just found the person I really loved, I saw the fact that we were set to be married and have children and, in one second, I knew it was all gone, finished. I was devastated."
More on MSN Living: What his sex signals really mean
Doctors explained that the tumor had been in Stephanie's head for years. She was given two options: "watch and wait" or undergo a risky surgery to have the tumor removed. She chose the latter, even though the surgery was scheduled just weeks before her wedding. Forced to cancel her nuptials, Stephanie was in intensive care on the day of her would-be ceremony.
But after Stephanie spent some time recovering from the surgery, she and Neil rescheduled. They tied the knot over the weekend.
"I'm so happy we've been able to get married and be together," Stephanie said. "This wedding is even more special because of what has happened."
Although the removal was a success, Stephanie is still awaiting an update from her doctors:
"It's not like it's gone forever now. It can come back and it never quite leaves the back of my mind."
But that's not keeping her from enjoying her newlywed status. She and Neil are now honeymooning in Mexico.
“I've learned so much over the past year, not the least of which is that every second of this life is precious," she said.
Photo: Caters News
love: friendships, dating, sex & marriage
After your return from your honeymoon, your marriage officially starts and with that come some changes. It’s not to say that the honeymoon phase is over, but you’ll have to get some things situated in order to have your marriage start off on the right foot. We tapped the expert advice of wedding planner and reality TV star David Tutera and love and career coach Charreah Jackson to dish on six things you must do to have a successful first month of marriage — from wedding-related logistics to wrap up to relationship rules to set.
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007. Here, the veteran planner is sharing some expert advice for free: She’s sharing the top eight things you have to do right after you get engaged.
Is the idea of a big bridal bash just not your thing? Or perhaps you and your fiancé are just the super spontaneous type, so why not make your next beach vacation your nuptials as well? If you’re thinking of eloping but have questions on the mind, we’re here to help. We tapped elopement and wedding planner Lindsey Nickel, founder of Events, Etc., for her top dos and don’ts for getting hitched on the sly.
Easy everyday ways to keep the love alive.
Expert tips on moving past those oh-so-familiar arguments.
Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do, like hang out with his lame friends. You're not always in the mood to nurse a beer silently while he and his boys argue about who's going to die next on “Game of Thrones” — but tomorrow he’s sitting through a seven-girl brunch. So.
Why holding on to your partner's mistakes will end up hurting you.
A little extra effort, will power and research can help your marriage bloom well into old age.
These are the conversations all betrothed couples should take the time to have before they get hitched.
Brace yourself, this is uncomfortable.
There’s nothing wrong with grabbing Italian food and alternating between watching action films and romantic comedies, but shaking up your going-out routine with an extreme date night can be the ultimate turn on and the best way to keep your relationship exciting.
This just in: Guys over 5'10" are twice as likely to stray.