Liza Heaton marries boyfriend two days after being given month left to liveby Richard Bailey 23/12/2014 06:09:00 0 comments 852 Views
- Liza Heaton, 25, was given the all-clear from synovial sarcoma in 2011
- She went into hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana, with stomach pains on Thanksgiving Day, and a scan showed the cancer had returned
- Last Thursday, doctors found it is untreatable, she has a month to live
- Boyfriend Wyatt planned wedding in 2 days, surprised family and friends
- They married on Saturday, Liza said she plans to join a clinical trial
She has been in remission for three years.
But last Thursday, 25-year-old Liza Heaton was delivered the devastating news that she has just one month to live.
Her rare form of cancer, synovial sarcoma, had returned and cannot be treated using traditional methods.
It seemed, to Liza, her dreams of marrying her boyfriend Wyatt would never materialize.
Wyatt had other ideas.
Love: Liza and Wyatt Heaton beam at their wedding two days after Liza learned she has just four weeks to live
Wyatt and Liza Heaton married earlier this month after Liza discovered her cancer was untreatable. Here they are pictured at their wedding on December 13
Wyatt and Liza Heaton share a laugh as they cut the cake at the wedding reception
Rallying cry: The couple called more than 100 relatives and friends to Shreveport, Louisiana, for the surprise
Right, the two exchange their vows riverside at dusk in Shreveport, Louisana. Left, the couple are pictured minutes after they officially became husband and wife
Wyatt Heaton places the ring on Liza's finger during the dusk ceremony, in front of more than 100 friends and family
Calling on more than 100 relatives and friends from across the United States to flock to Shreveport, Louisiana, he planned a wedding in just two days.
On Saturday December 13 (12.13.14), they exchanged vows by the riverside at dusk and promised each other they would continue fighting the disease to the end.
'When they said it would not be months, but weeks, I took that to mean a wedding was off the table,' Liza told 11 Alive.
'Wyatt took it to mean, OK, we have to get married this weekend.'
Wyatt and Liza Heaton share a kiss at the wedding reception. Liza is now planning to join a clinical trial in a desperate bid to find treatment
Liza's sister has set up a crowd funding page to try and raise money to pursue other treatments. Here Liza is pictured as a newlywed just before she threw the bouquet
Liza was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that targets young people. Here the two are showered with confetti during their wedding celebrations
Liza and Wyatt pictured with a group of friends and family after exchanging their vows
The married couple dance with friends at the wedding reception at their hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana
Wyatt organized the wedding in just two days' time after he and Liza (pictured together) discovered she had weeks to live
Devastated: Liza had been in remission for three years with no medical issues until Thanksgiving Day
Next stage: She went into hospital with abdominal pains and found the cancer had returned aggressively
Options: Liza (pictured right, next to her sister Ann Marie) plans to join a clinical trial to find treatment
At the wedding, Liza announced she plans to enter a clinical trial at John Hopkins University in a desperate bid to find treatment.
Her sister has also set up a Love for Liza page on GoFundMe to raise funds for other medication they plan to pursue. She had been investigating options since doctors first rediscovered the cancer on Thanksgiving Day, when she went to hospital with stomach pains.
It was the first sign of any medical problems since Liza was given the all-clear in 2011.
Tragically, a scan showed the cancer - which commonly targets young adults - had spread to her bowels, making surgery impossible.
Adorable: A wedding video screened by Today show the couple smiling ecstatically at their dusk ceremony
Staying strong: Wyatt and Liza are looking to raise money so they can fight the disease to the end
'For three years there wasn't really any bad news,' Liza told Today. 'I thought we had beat it.
'When it came back this time, it was such a whirlwind. You're not really ever ready for that news.'
Her first instinct was to tell every friend and relative.
'I guess I would want everyone to know that people who have cancer... you're still living.
'I definitely feel like I'm living with cancer, not dying with cancer.'