Woman Gets Married 18 Hours Before Succumbing To Cancer

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A Connecticut woman who managed to say “I do” just hours before she passed away from breast cancer is the talk of the internet this weekend, her friends and family spreading the word about her strength and courage in the face of a difficult battle with the disease.


(Photo by Christina Karas via WFSB)

David and Heather Mosher exchanged wedding vows in the chapel of the St. Francis Hospital of Hartford a few days before Christmas, WFSB reported. They met two and a half years ago at a swing dancing class and immediately fell for each other.

“We were just kind of inseparable after that,” David said.

It wasn’t long before David realized that he was going to propose to Heather, but their world was rocked in December 2016 by Heather’s breast cancer diagnosis. He didn’t let the cancer stand in the way of marrying the woman of his dreams.

“She didn’t know I was going to propose that night, but I said to myself, she needs to know she’s not going to go down this road alone,” David said. “A pair of draft horses, a carriage, and I arranged it all for that night. We went out on the carriage ride and I proposed to her under a street light.”

Only five days later, doctors broke the news to Heather that her diagnosis was triple negative, one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. They dedicated much of 2017 to fighting the disease, but by September, David and Heather learned the cancer spread.

“We found out it was in her brain and a couple months later, she was on life support with a breathing tube,” David said.

Heather was desperate to hold on until her wedding day, which was scheduled for December 30th, but some doctors said she might not even make it to October. The thought of marrying David appeared to give her strength.

“She was tough,” David said. “Anyone else would have given up a long time ago. The doctors even said we don’t know how she’s still here.”

Bridesmaid Christina Karas captured the touching photo of Heather with her arms up in the air after holding onto life long enough to see her wedding through.

“She’s getting to shout from the rooftops that she loves Dave and is able to say I’m his wife,” Karas said.

Heather’s funeral will take place on December 30th, the day the couple was originally set to be married.

“Heather said, ‘I want to keep fighting,’ so that’s the mantra I’m picking up,” David said. “She was able to fight til the end, I’m going to fight until my end.”

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