When doctors urged South Carolina bride-to-be Laurin Banks to bring her wedding date forward, she refused.
Laurin had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in September and doctors didn’t expect her to make it to her her wedding day in March.
But Laurin proved them all wrong and this inspirational bride fought against this cruel disease all the way.
Now her story is capturing hearts all across the internet.
The 30-year-old, from Columbia, died nearly seven months after she married Michael Bank, a day doctors never thought she would see, let alone survive months after it.
“She has left a huge whole (sic) in all of our hearts, and [I] am humbled to be her king,” her husband Michael wrote in a Facebook post.
He described his wife as his “beautiful queen” adding “I was able to carry her to bed and hold her until her last beautiful breath.”
Laurin was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in September 2014 and after treatment got the all clear the following April.
But in August 2017 she was told the cancer had returned as stage four and had spread to her bones, liver and lungs, according to People.
Despite doctors preparing her for the worse and telling her to move her wedding date up she didn’t change a thing and carried on making plans for her March wedding, while continuing her fight against this cruel disease.
“This date was special to us,” Laurin previously told PEOPLE. “We felt like moving that date was giving up and giving in to the cancer and letting it run our lives.
“We didn’t want to give in. That was our goal … and I was able to walk down the aisle to my husband. I was able to dance with him and I didn’t need a wheelchair or oxygen. I did it I made it.”
‘She has made me so much a better person’
After Laurin and Michael’s big day they traveled and shared photos of their adventures together until Laurin no longer had the strength to fight her cancer.
In October of 2018 Laurin posted a heartbreaking update saying there was nothing doctors could do.
“The cancer is spreading like wild fire and the strongest possible dose of chemotherapy they can give me did not work. I am now to the point that chemotherapy is no longer an option.”
On October 21, 2018 her husband announced the death of his beautiful wife adding, “Its been my honor to be by her side the past 3 and a half years and I would not trade the memories that we have made for anything in the world. She has made me so much a better person.”
Laurin’s fight is an inspiration to us all and I’m glad she was able to fight it long enough to make some wonderful memories with her loving husband.
Rest in peace Laurin. Please SHARE.
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