By David Aspinall
This is the beautiful moment a brave bride with cancer throws her wig before flinging a bouquet at her wedding reception.
Courageous Jamie Steinborn decided to own her 16-month-long battle with cervical cancer surrounded on May 12 as she wed fiancé John Stephenson.
With bridesmaids and female friends queuing expectantly behind her at the Firefly Gardens in Midlothian, Texas, USA, the blushing bridecounts down from three.
Pulling the old bait and switch, Jamie slings her wig high into the air to stunned cheers before tossing the floral arrangement.
Jamie said: “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I wanted to show everyone that no matter what life throws at me that everything will be ok.
“Yes, it was my wedding day and yes, I wore a wig, but I feel just as blessed and beautiful bald headed.
“To me a bald head shows courage, the will to fight, the will to not let anything get you down.”
Mum-of-four Jamie was first diagnosed with cervical cancer on January 5 2016, but despite the “devastating” results it led to her meeting John.
Deciding to raise as many funds as possible ahead of surgery and radiation, Jamie threw a yard sale on February 14 2016 which John attended.
Jamie said: “When I tell people I met John at a yard sale, their reactions are priceless.
“He had called my friend Nikki and asked if there were any women there for sale.
“She set us up to meet that evening and we cooked out and played card games all night, laughed, and enjoyed every bit of it.
“Needless to say, he made an excuse to call Nikki the next day and arrange for him to come back over the following night.
“I was in the kitchen and turned around to him holding flowers and he told me ‘all women deserve something on Valentine’s Day’.
From that day on the couple were inseparable we pretty much were inseparable, with John standing by Jamie after her divulging her diagnosis.
The couple thought she was in remission, however the cancer returned in December 2016 and Jamie began chemotherapy on January 5 2017.
Jamie said: “The morning of the wedding, a friend and I went to breakfast and joked about the wig throwing.
“I looked at my friend and told her, ‘you know what? I think I am going to do this when it is time’.
“Through all of what is going on, I continue to put a smile on my face and fight the fight.
“Granted Cancer is not funny at all but I try and joke about the situation.
“Counting down I was nervous, but when I said ‘three’ I went for it.”
Jamie hopes her wig throw helps gives other cancer battlers with added optimism about their situation.
She said: “I want people like me who are fighting the fight to remember that no matter how his or her life is dealt, God has you in the palm of his hands and that being optimistic is the key.
“Cancer, just like any life-threatening disease is scary of course.
“I’m not going to lie, I have my moments, but I will not be defeated.
“With the continued love and support of friends and family, I will beat this like I have before.”