Bride battling breast cancer says ‘I do’ 18 hours before her death

A woman battling breast cancer thrust her arms over her head in both triumph and in pure joy upon marrying the love of her life just hours before her death.

Bridesmaid Christina Karas managed to capture the moment just after Heather and David Mosher said their “I do’s” and the image has since gone viral.

“She’s getting to shout from the rooftops that she loves Dave and is able to say I’m his wife,” Karas told WFSB.

The couple, who first met during swing dance class in 2015, tied the knot at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut just a few days before Christmas, according to the news station. Just 18 hours later, the newly-wed succumbed to her illness.

“It reminds me of someone who is crossing the finish line of a marathon or something,” David Mosher said of the photo.

David on Dec. 23, 2015 planned on proposing to his love, but before he could Lindsay was handed a surprising diagnosis — a lump in her breast doctors had previously dismissed was cancerous.

See photos of the heartwarming moment:

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Earned her wings! One of my dearest friends got married this past Friday, December 22nd, to the man of her dreams. She had been battling stage 4 cancer and it had spread all throughout her body, but she was determined to marry her soul mate. Less than 24 hours later her spirit flew from her body and ascended to be with God. I am in awe of the strength Dave's love inspired in Heather even in her last hours. She was his great love and he was hers. Heather, I miss and love you more than I can say. Thank you for sharing this life's journey with me. ❤️
Standing in front of everyone in the chapel, I was hesitant to pull out my camera. As someone who wanted nothing more than to see my friend truly happy, I felt I had to capture these images, which by this point I knew were her final moments with us. What you clearly see here is two people who were destined to be joined as one. A love like no other captured for all to see. My gift to her.
Heather's mother, Linda Lindsay, poured out light, love and support on Heather and all of us who were there with her. The amount of strength her mom showed could only be possible because of her unwavering faith in God, despite the certainty she would lose her only daughter on this earth. Her outpouring of selfless love reminded me of Heather's reaction to tragedy in other's lives. Heather has shown me this same care when I was in a very dark and hopeless place. She learned this language of love from her family and was able to comfort others in this same way. Like mother like daughter. Missing you this Christmas morning, Heather, but I know you are celebrating with the one who gives us the real joy and peace of the Christmas season. Sing and dance with the angels for me today. Merry Christmas my dear friend!
I am in awe of the strength Dave's love inspired in Heather even in her last hours. She was his great love and he was hers. I pray these moments give Dave the same strength now to carry on the legacy of their love. Heather, you are greatly missed. The earth froze yesterday as the warmth of your light ascended to be with God for eternity. Until we meet again my dear friend. Watch over us. Original post from 12/24/17.
Heather chose to spend her last hours celebrating surrounded by people she loved and who loved her. How do I know God is real? Because He was filling her with joy despite the fact that outwardly her body was failing. She chose to let God carry her, instead of wasting her last hours angry at him for allowing this illness. And carry her he did. He carried her home.

But David proposed anyway, horse-drawn carriages and all.

Over the next year, Karas helped her pal plan the wedding of her dreams despite the triple negative breast cancer diagnosis.

“She was so hopeful,” Karas told NBC New York. “The way we would talk about it, you alway kind felt this isn’t it.”

Heather admitted to Karas she feared not living until her big day and when her health took a turn, friends, family and doctors were quick to act.

They pushed up the wedding originally scheduled for Dec. 30 and intended to just lay the wedding dress across Heather, who they feared was too weak to put it on.

But Heather made it into her gown and to the hospital’s chapel where she exchanged vows with Dave in front of her family and friends.

“That moment right there was like, ‘Death, I’m not afraid of you!’ I am so in love and I am going to celebrate that love right now,” Karas recalled.

Her picture of the moment has since been viewed and shared thousands of times across social media.

“She was gorgeous and she just felt like home to me,” David told the news station.

“I saw her sick. I saw her in a lot of pain and she didnt’ give up until she married me. It is so humbling that someone could love me like that.”

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