After a bride was suddenly diagnosed with terminal cancer, she knew she had to make her final days count...
Ashleigh Simrajh first became aware of a "bump" on her leg last year.Concerned, the twenty-three-year-old, from Queensland, Australia, went to the doctors where she was dismissed and told it was merely a harmless "wart."
However, one year later...Ashleigh was given the tragic news that the "wart" was in fact a melanoma that had spread around her body.
Ashleigh was devastated.
via: Getty ImagesBecause, as you will all know, cancer is by far one of the most devastating illnesses a person can have.
Cancer is the result of the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body...
via: Getty ImagesAnd develops when the body's normal control mechanism stops working. Instead of old cells dying like they're supposed to, they instead mutate, forming new, abnormal cells.
The treatment is grueling.
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The goal of treatment is to kill as many cancerous cells as possible, all the while avoiding any damage to the normal and healthy cells nearby.
However, this isn't always possible.
via: Getty ImagesThe most common treatment, chemotherapy, acts as a "poison" and kills off the abnormal cells. However, it can often kill normal cells, too, which makes people incredibly ill, resulting in hair loss, weight loss, and general sickness.
Though chemotherapy has been proven to have positive effects on eliminating cancerous cells from the body...
via: Getty ImagesIt isn't a cure... And we are yet to discover one.
We are a long way off from finding an official cure for cancer...
via: Getty ImagesAnd the numbers of those being diagnosed with the illness keep on rising every year. In 2019, an estimated 1.8 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United States alone.
And, out of those diagnosed with the devastating illness...
via: GettyAn estimated 606,880 sadly passed away.
These numbers are simply devastating.
via: Getty ImagesMedical researchers have been working hard for decades to find a cure for the illness and, though they haven't found one officially, they have come up with many alternative methods to combat the disease.
So, of course, whenever someone is diagnosed with the disease...
via: Getty ImagesIt is so important for them to live their life to the fullest.
Now, Ashleigh was due to wed her love of her life, Jason Hale...So, when she was told that she had mere days left to live last month, she knew that the ceremony had to be moved forward.
She decided to host the special moment at her favorite place, SeaWorld...So she could be surrounded by animals as she and Jason exchanged their vows.
It was an incredibly emotional day.Fifty of her closest friends and family members attended the ceremony and watched as Ashleigh finally married the love of her life.
However, her family still needs answers.Despite Ashleigh having a magical wedding, the fact remains that her doctors and medical professionals failed her, and her life is to be cut drastically short as a result.
Ashleigh's father Tony Simmo, says that questions still need to be answered by medics."She now has lung cancer, liver cancer, cancer in her chest, and only days to live," he told the MailOnline.
He continued:"Let down is not how I would describe it. I would describe it as we have been betrayed as she trusted the medical professionals."
He believes that his daughter's life could have been saved if she had been diagnosed correctly..."She believed them and continued her life as if nothing was wrong. If it had been diagnosed when she first went to see them she wouldn't be where she is now."
The family has since set up a GoFundMe page...
via: ShutterstockIn a bid to raise money in order to make the closing stages of Ashleigh's life as enjoyable as possible, though she is now having to stay at home with a dedicated nurse. The description reads: "We are going to make her last few weeks the best with a marriage and anything else that will make her happy. Ashleigh has only has a few weeks they tell us left [sic] so we are trying to make it the best we can for her and make sure she gets the wedding that every girl dreams of."
"She is just an amazing young lady who deserved better than what she has to face."
via: ShutterstockThe fundraiser has since raised over $18,000 - you can visit the page here. We wish Ashleigh and her family all the best.