A cancer-stricken woman has married her high school sweetheart from her hospital bed after being told she has just days to live.
Ronda Bivens, 28, married long-time boyfriend Matthew Mager, 29, last week in an emotional ceremony in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The couple, who have been together for a decade and share two young children, had always talked about having a big wedding. But their lives took a turn 12 months ago when Ronda was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as epithelioid sarcoma, on her ankle. Matt said, I told her from day one when we first found out she had cancer that ‘I know we always talked about having a big wedding’. I said ‘if anything happens, we will get married somehow, someway.’As part of her treatment, the young mother had her leg amputated and underwent chemotherapy and radiation.
As part of her treatment, the young mother had her leg amputated and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. But by then the cancer had unexpectedly spread to Ronda’s lungs and continued to take over her body. After more than a year of battling the cancer and getting used to her new prosthetic leg, Ronda’s health took a turn a few weeks ago.
When doctors told her she had just days to live, Matt fulfilled his promise to marry her. Heartbreaking footage of their nuptials showed Ronda lying in her hospice bed in a wedding dress as the couple exchanged vows. The couple wiped away tears as the pastor told them their marriage was never-ending.
‘My goal was to give her my last name before she passes. It was really emotional,’ Matt said. I joke with her and say you’re not going anywhere now. We are hitched. I spend most days just holding her hand and talking to her because I may not be able to talk to her tomorrow. The couple has spent the past few days staring at their wedding photos and re-watching the video of their nuptials.
Matt said, Being married, it’s a good feeling. Makes me smile just thinking about it even with all the pain. The family is now praying for a miracle. If it’s a week, a year, or the rest of her life, I’m thankful for that time, Matt said.
The couple met in middle school and started dating when they graduated high school. They have been inseparable ever since and share two children, aged four and six. Despite her incurable diagnosis, Ronda has remained upbeat and has been documenting her struggles with cancer on Facebook.
I’ve seen better days, but I’ve also seen worse. I don’t have everything that I want, but I do have all I need. I woke up with some aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect, but I am blessed, she wrote earlier this month.
Ronda Bivens, 28, married long-time boyfriend Matthew Mager, 29, in Knoxville, Tennessee after being told she was losing her battle with a rare form of cancer.
The couple exchanged vows last week with Ronda lying in her hospice bed in a wedding dress.