Cas Willow and Heather Richards (Image: Facebook)
An Australian lesbian couple are hoping to marry before it’s too late.
Cas Willow and Heather Richards will marry on Monday (18 December) but doctors told Willow she may not be alive by the end of the year.
It’s a race against time to marry as the registry for Births, Deaths and Marriages waived the compulsory 30-day waiting period.
Doctors diagnosed Willow with terminal breast cancer that had spread to her brain.
She thought she had beaten the cancer months ago, after having a double mastectomy, her ovaries removed and dozens of chemo and radiation therapies.
But during a check-up two months ago, doctors told her the bad news.
‘I really thought I was done,’ Willow told the Age. ‘I knew I had to keep my eye on it for the next couple of years but I thought I had time.’
The diagnosis came just days before the Australian Electoral Commission announced the results of the successful postal vote.
‘It is okay, not to be okay’
Richards took to Facebook to announce the news about her beautiful partner.
She wrote: ‘My heart breaks as I officially share that Cas has had to stop work immediately.
‘Last Friday, scans showed that Cas’ aggressive form of cancer has metastasised in several places in her brain. This is much faster than we ever thought possible,’ she said.
Willow is receiving treatment at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. It’s also where they’ll tie the knot.
The centre’s chief executive Dale Fisher said: ‘We are thrilled to support the celebration of Cas and Heather’s marriage.’
Willow and Richards will be one of the first same-sex couples to marry in Australia since the law changed.
‘Loving someone is the easiest thing to do,’ Willow said.
Lesbian couple will be the first same-sex pair to marry in Australia