Rare Form of Bone Cancer Prompts Couple to Wed In Hospital Room
GARDNER, Kan. – A rare form of bone cancer puts a couple on the fast track to the alter. The special moment last week is all caught on video.
It’s wasn’t exactly the wedding 19-year-old Lindsay Saunders-Miller from Gardner, Kansas had in mind.
“We were going to wait a little while until we had a house and everything was financially stable, but then this happened,” she said.
Lindsay said her husband, 28-year-old Ryan Miller from Edgerton, was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Doctors told them he had little time to live.
Lindsay said she and Ryan had been together for two years, and engaged for one. They had a decision to make.
“He told me that he did not want to die without having been married to me and I didn’t want him to pass without it either,” Lindsay Miller said.
So the couple wed Dec. 6 in a Houston, Texas hospital room, where Ryan is undergoing chemotherapy.
Lindsay’s mother, Jodee Jenkins, recorded the 10-minute ceremony with her iPad. She said family and friends were worried because doctors told them the night before Ryan might not make it to his wedding.
“We were just thrilled and honestly we didn’t know that we would get down there and be able to go to a wedding,” Jenkins said.
Lindsay said Ryan’s chemotherapy has a 40 percent chance of working. She said they are praying it’ll keep her husband stable until February. That is when they’ll be able to try a new and promising treatment that’s currently working towards FDA approval.
“Some days are just so great where he’s up and he’s smiling and he’s walking around the room and some days he’s just not looking so good. But for those days that he smiles, it’s just the best,” she said.
Lindsay said Ryan is showing small signs of improvement, but it’s too soon to tell if the chemotherapy is working. She said if it doesn’t work, Ryan is out of options.
To keep up with his story, the families have set up a facebook page. The link to that: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Miracles-for-Ryan-Miller/301977606580892
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