Last Friday, Remynse got to forget all that for just one day: her wedding day.
“Honestly, for the first time in 12 months, I felt that I didn’t have cancer,” she tells Mamamia. “It was just one day where it never crossed my mind. I just got to be a bride, not a bride with cancer, not having to worry about all the other parts that go with it. So it was fantastic.”
The wedding was made possible by charity My Wedding Wish, which gifts weddings to the terminally ill.
Remynse hadn’t expected to be able to get married. When she was diagnosed with a goblet cell endocrine carcinoid tumour, she’d been dating Alex Bartusz for less than two years.
“When I got diagnosed, I said to him he didn’t have to follow this path that I had now been dealt,” Remynse remembers. “But he was determined to stay with me and see me through it.”
In fact, the morning after the diagnosis, Bartusz told her he wanted to take the relationship further.
“He said, ‘I’ve been thinking. I really need to go and ask your dad. We need to stop putting this off.’”
The couple got engaged last December. But they didn’t think they were going to be able to afford a wedding. Remynse, a teacher at Picton High School in NSW, had to take leave from her job for treatment. Bartusz was caring for her, while studying to become a pilot.