Cheryl and Graham
It’s interesting how life works. I received a phone call from a woman who said she was helping her friends to organise a small wedding on the 8th April. She rang me at the beginning of April. As a celebrant, I understand the legalities of having marrying in Australia – a month’s notice is required unless it’s been given a ‘shortening of time’ by a Magistrate. I explained this to the woman and the criteria which are accepted – illness is one of them. “Oh, that won’t be a problem, Graham has cancer.” I asked Denise to tell me more.
At the age of 15 Graham worked with a builder – and asbestos. In November 2014, he was diagnosed with Malignant Mesothelioma – the same disease had killed his brother. After watching his brother battle the cancer with chemo and radiation, Graham decided he would not accept the same fate and he refused the treatment. After 18 years together, he and his lady Cheryl decided it was time to tie the knot.