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“I Loved That We Could Do It”: Dad With Brain Cancer Took Part In An Emotional Wedding Photo Shoot With His Daughters

Date October 29, 2019 15:05

Brain cancer occurs when cells in the brain grow abnormally and cause harm to it, rather than repair it. When unwanted cells multiply, they form a primary brain tumor and when they spread, they result in a cancer diagnosis.

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Sadly, despite the severity of brain cancer, there is nothing to be done to prevent it since they are caused by exposure to radiation or genes.

Daughters get wedding photoshoot with dad after brain cancer diagnosis

Every father dreams of walking his daughter down the aisle but for 51-year-old Jason, a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme diagnosis meant that he was on the clock. When his teenage daughters, Kaylee and Ashlee, found out, they decided to do their father-daughter wedding photoshoots while they still had him.

Time is a precious gift and for the girls and their mother, capturing beautiful memories meant everything. To make the photoshoot possible, Nicole Halbert, their mom, turned to Facebook and soon, well-wishers volunteered to make their plans successful.

A friend volunteered to plan the special occasion, another agreed to be the photographer, while others donated wedding dresses for the girls to try on. On October 14, the plans came together and the girls and their father got to take pictures they had always dreamt of.

Sharing her gratitude at the heartwarming generosity they were shown, Nicole told TODAY that it was wonderful.

It was heartbreaking but joyful. I hated that we had to do it, but I loved that we could do it.

The dance and photoshoot that was held at Olde Dobbin Station in Montgomery, Texas, saw the girls dance with their father.

The brave dad did not let feelings of remorse cloud the special occasion as he gracefully danced with them and took pictures that captured what their weddings could be.

The Halberts are inspirational as they showed that taking time to change perspectives can make a miserable situation beautiful and memorable.

Dealing with a parent with a terminal illness

While terminal illness can seem like a death sentence to many, changing the perspective can make it bearable and as the Halberts showed, it can be beautiful. First, realize that a diagnosis is only half of the task. Always being there for an ill parent is important to show them that someone cares.

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Second, recognize the fact that many people can’t handle the truth. Sometimes, it’s easy to talk as if they will always be around to make it easy for others to relate to terminal illness. Lastly, no one wants to die alone and the transition is easier when surrounded by loved ones.

Dealing with a terminal illness is tough but changing perspectives on how we view loss can ensure that it becomes a treasured memory. Loss is inevitable, but making the tough times matter is what makes life meaningful.

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