'Bride to be's' strange phobia puts off Actor Gareth Heales' Wedding !

by Hannah Punitha on  June 6, 2008 at 4:33 PM Celebrity Health News   - G J E 4
'Bride to be's' strange phobia puts off Actor Gareth Heales' Wedding !
For a bride, her wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of her life. But Brit Emma Pelling has had to postpone her big day - because she is simply too scared to walk up the aisle.

Pelling, 19, suffers from emetophobia, an irrational fear of vomiting. She believes nerves about tying the knot could make her physically ill during the ceremony.

So she has put off her wedding to actor Gareth Heale, 21, while she seeks a cure.

The trainee vet, who proposed to her boyfriend, has enlisted a hypnotherapist to help her take the plunge.

She has suffered from the rare condition for five years, having never recovered from the embarrassment of being sick in front of her classmates at school.

"I have this recurring nightmare of being ill as a bride, running out of the church and abandoning my husband at the altar," the Telegraph quoted her, as saying.

Pelling, a trainee vet from Croydon, south London, will visit a therapist on June 7 to try to resolve the problem.

"It's illogical and terribly hard for anyone who doesn't suffer from this phobia to understand what happens to me," she said.

"Most brides would be getting excited and planning everything from their dress to the flowers - but I simply can't bear thinking about it.

"I'm grateful to Gareth for being so understanding. I love him very much but at the moment simply can't marry him.

"I want to make it a special day for both of us. I hope the hypnotherapist can cure me so I can enjoy our special day without the fear of being ill," she added.

Source: ANI

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Does the name Pennywise tell you something? Maybe the chills, maybe some fear, maybe some hatred, or maybe nothing. Imagine that you are alone in your house, it's getting dark, you can't see really well. The door bell rings, you go downstairs very slowly, you open the door and... Pow! A big clown face greets you with an annoying/devilish laughter GUFFAW, GUFFAW, GUFFAW!!!Fear of clowns, together with fear of driving and fear of success, is one of the most known weird phobias and fears.

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