East Tenn. woman doesn't let terminal cancer stop her wedding
A terminally ill Madisonville woman with a rare cancer married the love of her life Thursday.
Ronda Bivens was diagnosed in February 2016 with Epitheliod Sarcoma, a rare cancer that started in her foot. The first doctor she went to thought it was nothing more than a cyst.
By the time other doctors had examined her, the cancer was spreading.
In a year's time and after a leg amputation, the cancer spread to her lungs and brain. On Wednesday, Ronda chose to come home with a life expectancy of two to three days. She wanted to spend her last days with friends and family.
On Thursday she married the love of her life and father of their two children Matt Mager. Thursday was also her 28th birthday. The couple's children are 4 and 6 years old.
"I've done a lot of crying and asking God why," said Mager. "You can't explain it, no answers for it, no words for it. I always wanted to give her a big wedding; unfortunately, I couldn't do that, but she was filled with so much joy I can't even explain it."
The couple said they have known each other since junior high, and they wanted to finally get married.
Since her misdiagnosis and amputation, Ronda has been urging everyone she can to seek out more than just one opinion when it comes to any kind of lump you may have.
Ronda said in an interview with Local 8 News she wants to still help as many people a possible.
"Don't wait or let it go too long before you see a doctor," said Ronda. "If you have any tiny weird little bump, have it checked out."
Ronda also said for everyone to enjoy every second of their lives and to not take it for granted.
"Spend every single moment you can with your children, with your husband, with your friends, no matter what," cried Ronda.
Family members have a GoFundMe set up for the Mager family. If you would like to help you can find the link