A woman who found out she was on the verge of marrying a man who is actually her half-brother has turned to Reddit users for advice on what to do.
In the post, the anonymous woman tells users about her unenviable situation, asks for advice and informs them that her fiance had known for a year without telling her.
"I don't know what to do. I'm terrified," she wrote. "Even writing this has sent me into a panic attack and I've needed to take two Xanax to get through it. But here we go."
The woman described how her two-year relationship began with her "amazing fiance," the Daily Mail reports.
"We met through a tabletop roleplay group and had an instant connection," she said. "There was chemistry between both us and our characters and, as the campaign came to a close, he asked me out."
They found they had a lot in common -- they are both shy, nerdy and inexperienced in long-term relationships. They got engaged after being together for a year.
"We finally moved in with one another a month ago and our wedding is in six weeks," she continued. "Beyond the normal little domestic naggings, things have been perfect. He's my soulmate. I don't know what I'd do without him."
The Reddit poster's father had always been absent while her fiance's family had always been very loving with each other and close: "I always thought they were perfect, so it came as a shock to me that -- while working on wedding invitations -- my future MIL mentioned that my fiance's dad is actually his stepdad. I asked to see a picture of his real dad and I nearly passed out when my MIL showed me a pic of my dad.”
She confronted her fiance after panicking: "I don't know how I kept from screaming and stayed conscious. I excused myself from the room and promptly threw up. I'm pretty sure she thinks I'm pregnant now; which is just a whole other can of worms unleashed."
Apparently her fiance already knew about the situation.
"He admitted that he's known for a year but didn't want to lose me. Since we always planned to be childfree, he didn't see the problem with just keeping it from me," she wrote.
She added: "I'm betrayed. I'm disgusted. I'm hurt. I'm ashamed. I'm heartbroken. I don't know what to do."
Readers sympathized with her situation and offered advice, telling her that she "did nothing wrong."
"Huge difference between meeting unknowingly as adults and being raised as family. You have done nothing wrong," commented one user. "Maybe I'm way off base, but the biggest issue to me is that your fiance hid it from you because it would upset you. Not a good precedent."
Another stated: "I can't imagine what I'd do if I found out my boyfriend/love of my life and I were related. I'd be absolutely crushed to lose him over something I had no control of. I'm so sorry you're going through this."
The woman was upset that most of the users "seem to be totally cool with the idea of brother-sister incest" as she herself wasn't prepared to live life "as the girl who f***ed and married her brother."
In an update, she stated her fiance was staying at his parents' house without having told them about the incest secret.
She ended her Reddit post by saying: "I may give my bio dad a call for the first time in ten years. We need to talk."