A picture became viral by a cancer patient who married the love of his life before he died 18 hours later.
The wedding took place a few days before Christmas at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford.
“It reminds me of someone crossing the finish line of a marathon or something,” said David Mosher.
David is the husband of Heather Mosher, who died only 18 hours after her marriage.
“Nobody thought I’d gone that far, she proved that everyone was wrong, and that tells me this picture,” David said.
Christina Kara is the bridesmaid who captures pure joy and mistrust of death.
“He’s shouting on the rooftops, he loves Dave and he can say that I’m his wife,” Karas said.
The love story of David and Heather began two and a half years ago in May 2015, when they met in the Swing Dance Class.
“We were inseparable after that,” David said.
The relationship has developed rapidly. December 23, 2016, would be a crucial day, but sweet for the couple.
Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I did not know what I would propose that night, but I thought she must know that she will not go this way alone,” David said.
Later that December night, David continued with the suggestion.
“A few draft horses, a car, and I arranged everything for the night, we went in a carriage and we offered under a lamppost,” says David.
Five days later, the diagnosis was threefold negative, one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer.
“We went to Dana Farber every week, we went to the naturopaths, our lives were consumed by cancer,” said David.
Last year would be the hardest and most difficult year for David and Heather. In September 2017, they discovered the spread of cancer.
“We found out it was in her brain and a few months later she lived with a breathing tube,” David said.
Many people thought that Heather would not reach the month of October, but at that moment David’s fighting spirit fell in love.
“It was hard, someone else would have told you long ago, the doctors even said we did not know how she was there,” David said.
Heather was eager to live to see the day of her wedding scheduled for December 30, but successes continued. The doctors talked privately with David last week about the date of the wedding.
“The doctors said we knew they wanted to marry on December 30, but if they want to get married, they should,” David said.
Then the ceremony was postponed. It was held on December 22nd with friends and family members in the San Francisco Chapel.
“I knew it would be the last time we would be together in a loving way, it seemed like the strangest funeral I’ve ever had,” David said.
Heather announced her wishes to David.
“The last words he said were his votes,” Karas said.
The voices were too hard for Karas to document, but the maid of honor shot her camera in the end just in time to capture Heather’s fleeting joy.
“We lost it because we were all there, thinking, sticking to it because it was the last thing I had to give,” Karas said.
On December 23, just 18 hours after the ceremony, cancer would force the couple to say goodbye.
It’s the same date that David and Heather got engaged under a lamppost the year before.
“She is my great love, and I will lose her, but I will not lose her forever,” said David.
December 30 was supposed to be the happiest day in David’s and Heather’s life. Instead of preparing for a wedding at the Plantsville Congregational Church, David will be attending the funeral of his wife in the church while they marry.
David said he had retained some of the spirits of his wife.
“Heather said, ‘I want to keep fighting,’ that’s my motto, she could fight to the end, I’ll fight to the end,” says David.