A dream come true

November 26, 2016

In one week Shepparton’s Tiarnah Day will cross one of the highest items off her bucket list when she marries her partner Jayden Roe.

The wedding has been organised in just three short weeks and will be a dream come true for Miss Day, who is dying of stage four Hodgkins Lymphoma.

The 21-year-old mother of one was diagnosed with the illness in January 2015.

She had been undergoing treatment for a little longer than 18 months when she made the decision to cease treatment.

Her mother Kylie Allen said doctors could not be sure if further treatment would prolong Miss Day’s life or what effect it would have.

‘‘T had been thinking about it for six months and it got to the point where the next lot of treatment was five days for five weeks, then chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant from her sister if she was a match,’’ Miss Allen said.

‘‘As far as T was concerned, instead of getting sick she decided to spend the time with the most quality (of life).’’

Miss Day was given a conservative life expectancy of four to six weeks by her doctors.

It was at this time Miss Day and Mr Roe, who lives in Deniliquin, decided to make their commitment to each other official by getting married.

Miss Day and her family began planning the wedding, which is on Saturday, December 3 in Deniliquin.

A Go Fund Me page was set up by one of Miss Day’s cousins appealing to the community for help.

A week out from the wedding and the Deniliquin and Shepparton communities have raised well over the $10000 goal.

Miss Allan, a functions coordinator at the Sherbourne Terrace, has been overwhelmed by the support, donations and discounts businesses and individuals have contributed in order to make her daughter’s dream come true. In Shepparton, Brides and Maids gave Miss Day a discount on her mermaid-silhouette bridal gown.

Next door, Stylish Children’s Clothing and Formal Wear gave a discount on Miss Day’s daughter Nakita’s flower girl dress.

Lush Skin and Body has also donated fake tans to Miss Day and her five bridesmaids.

With not long to go until her mother walks her down the aisle, Miss Day said she is excited for the big day.

‘‘I think most girls want to get married when they’re little, and look like a princess,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s just a dream come true.’’

Three wedding rings have been purchased for the wedding, one each for Miss Day and Mr Roe, and one for Nakita.

Miss Day said Nakita would wear the ring at the wedding. Afterwards it will be put away until she is older.

A five-day holiday on the Gold Coast has been donated to Miss Day, Mr Roe and Nakita, which they plan to take in the week following the wedding.

Fortnightly check-ups are all Miss Day currently requires in terms of medical attention. Following the wedding she will begin seeing a palliative care nurse.

While she has been given what feels like an unfair timeframe to share with her loved ones, Miss Day said she does not physically feel like she is limited to that.

Miss Day and Miss Allan thanked the Shepparton and Deniliquin communities for their generosity.

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