My Boyfriend Has Cancer, How Do I Deal With His Illness?

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September 15, 2009

Hey Katie,

I really need your help. So I’ve been visiting my boyfriend in Beverly Hills for the past couple of months when he’s being treated for cancer. The other night we were up talking and he was talking about how he might not have much time left and I told him he was being stupid.

Then he said that he want us to get married and have a baby because he said he loved me and never wanted to lose me…I don’t know if he’s just saying this cause he thinks he doesnt have much time or because he really wants to. What should I do?

Jennifer, 15

Dear Jennifer,

When people are faced with death, they often start to live in the moment and embrace their life. The realize how short life really is and that they want to make the most of the time they have left. This guy loves you if he wants to marry you. He is just realizes that he may not have time to wait, so he wants to do it now.

You just need to decide for yourself if this is what you want too. He does have a disease that could possibly be terminal, so you need to ask yourself if you are strong enough to deal with his illness. You very well might be strong and able to handle it, but that is something you are going to have to decide for yourself.

Here is how I see it. People have been cured by cancer. There is no certainty that he is going to die now or live until he is 80. We are all going to die at some point…there is no telling when. If you decide that you want to marry him, you have to live with hope and knowing that anything is possible and that his future is JUST as possible as anyone elses.

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