Terminally ill bride marries the love of her life

By Nombulelo Manyana
27 May 2017

“She wanted to have a beautiful wedding, and I wanted to give her that.”

A terminally ill bride-to-be refused to let her incurable cancer stop her from marrying the love of her life.

Last week, Ronda Bivens (28) married the father of her two children in an impromptu service in her hospice in Madisonville, Tennessee. The wedding was organized by their family and friends.

“She wanted to have a beautiful wedding, and I wanted to give her that,” Ronda’s husband, Matt Mager, told Huffington Post.

Amanda Dalton, Ronda’s best friend was among those who helped organize the wedding and even donated her wedding dress to Ronda.

“It was friends calling friends, getting everything together. We called the county clerk’s office ? they sent someone out ? and we got a preacher. It happened literally within a couple hours once we got it rolling.”

A year after battling chemotherapy and radiation, as well as having her right leg amputated Rhonda got married on her 28th birthday. The pair have known each other since they were teenagers and her husband Matt has been supportive throughout this whole battle.

“He is like one of a kind,” said Amanda to Huffington Post . “He’s been there nonstop for her since the beginning. He loves her unconditionally. That’s the truth.”

In February 2016 Ronda was diagnosed with a lump on her ankle which was an epithelioid sarcoma, a rare type of cancer. Years earlier doctors had misdiagnosed the lump ? first as tendinitis and then as a torn tendon.

Ronda’s leg had to be amputated in May 2016, but by then the cancer had spread to her lungs.

“They told us right off the bat there was no cure,”said Matt.

“They said, ‘We can just do what helps.’ But everything they’ve done has just made it worse. It’s financially wrecked us, and I’ve had a front row seat to my best friend dying. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Ronda's condition had since worsened and her cancer had spread to her brain.

Doctors told them they could either sedate Ronda and put a breathing tube down her throat or she could go home and make herself comfortable.

“She wanted to come home, so we’re home now,” Matt said to Huffington Post. “I hold her hand every day and am trying to focus on the time we have."

Friends and family have created GoFundMe page in an effort to help with medical and living expenses.

No matter how difficult the situation, Matt told Huffington Post that although he has little control over what happens next, their children will never forget her.

"She’s on a morphine pump to soothe her pain, so she’s in and out of it. But when she comes in, she’s still the same fighter. I can’t even tell you how strong she is."

Sources: Huffington Post.Indian Express. Love What Matters.

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