Fighting back after wedding day cancer diagnosis
IN SOME ways Katherine Marshall's wedding day was both the best and worst day of her life.
The 24-year-old married her husband Luke in August last year, the day after she learnt she had cancer of the lymphatic system, known as Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"On the night of our rehearsal dinner I received a phone call from the doctor with the diagnosis," Mrs Marshall said.
A biopsy confirmed the doctor's suspicions, the honeymoon was cancelled and Mrs Marshall embarked on eight-month course of treatment involving chemotherapy and radiation.
Mrs Marshall and her husband also moved to Brisbane for six months to be closer to treatment.
Although cancer-free, Mrs Marshall still feels the effects of the treatment, but remains positive about the future.
"It changed me as a person," she said.
"You don't sweat the small things and you appreciate things a lot more.
"I think I appreciated my wedding day more because I didn't have time to worry about the small things.
"It also makes you want to give back."
Mrs Marshall is fundraising for the Leukaemia Foundation and will take part in the charity's event, Light the Night in October.
She also looks forward to taking her honeymoon.
"We are planning to go to America next August," she said.
"We will celebrate our wedding anniversary and try to forget that our worse day is next to our wedding day."
Light the Night
- Annual fundraiser for the Leukaemia Foundation
- Raises funds for patients and their families living with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
- Different coloured lanterns are lit to symbolise survivors, supporters and in memory of those who have been lost to blood-related cancers.
- October 16, Queens Park
- To donate visit http://my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/personalPage.aspx?SID=224749&LangPref=en-CA