- Jillian Hanson was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer at the age of 25 in July 2017
- She noted that the hardship made her grow closer as a couple with her boyfriend, Max Allegretti
- The pair ended up getting married almost two years to the day after Jillian began aggressive treatment for her breast cancer
For many women, they are always 'single', even while dating, until a ring is put on their finger. Taking marriage vows on their wedding day as the start of sharing each other's struggles.
But for an American couple, Jillian Hanson and Max Allegretti, by the time they were exchanging their vows at the altar, they had already overcome more than most couples face in a lifetime.
Hanson was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer at the age 25, and knowing the struggle that awaited her, she decided to put an end to their relationship, New York Post reports.
But Max loved her so much, and he was not going to leave her the time she needed him the most in her life just because she thought it was the best thing to do. “He told me he would never leave my side and he never did,” she said.
The pair got engaged on Hanson’s last day of chemo on 28 February of last year and were treated to the wedding of their dreams free of charge on 18 October.
“This hardship made us grow closer together as a couple, and that is exactly why he is my person," said Hanson
"My hair thinned and fell out, and my skin turned white as a ghost but the love of my life remained by my side. He took care of me every day and reminded me how beautiful I was,” she added.
Hanson and Max stayed together throughout her treatment, which began in October 2017.
Max travelled more than an hour each way to be with Hanson at her mother’s house, where she recovered between treatments. He also made sure to take his ailing girlfriend out to movies to normalise the situation.
He later proposed to the woman of his dreams while surrounded by nurses and family as the whole thing was caught on camera by hospital staff, which was the ultimate high for Hanson.
But she was in for one more surprise: Lauren Grech, a wedding planner whom she had met at a fundraiser the year before, gave the couple one last treat: a pro-bono wedding.
Grech secured a venue, hair and make-up services, a wedding cake, a photographer and a videographer free of charge for the New Jersey couple’s big day.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the bride’s dream dress was also donated and that news, as well, was captured in a video.
“It’s been such a long and painful road, and there have been so many people there for us,” Hanson told Good Morning America.
“I wanted to give Jill an amazing wedding, and there was no way we could have done it without Grech," added Max.
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Hanson’s cancer was removed through 16 rounds of chemotherapy over five months, and she is now finishing infusion treatments.
She also went through fertility treatments to freeze her eggs, since chemotherapy can lower fertility rates.
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