Max Allegretti had the chance to prove his love for his girlfriend, Jillian Hanson, during a sensitive and challenging time in their lives.
Though Hanson was going through cancer treatment, Allegretti was her unwavering support system.
The couple met when Hanson signed up for a dodgeball tournament in her senior year of college and ended up playing on Allegretti’s team.
Allegretti and Hanson had known each other for a while before they started dating. It wasn’t until a couple of years after they had met that Allegretti asked Hanson out on a date.
“I knew he was the one after a month of us dating. I never usually move that fast, but something about him was different,” Hanson said.
When Hanson was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in July 2017, Allegretti held her hand in support and said, “I’m not going to leave your side.”
This was an immense undertaking of Allegretti, which strengthened Hanson’s trust in Allegretti’s love for her and the strength of their relationship.
“They tell you how sick you get during treatment, but no one can really prepare you for any of this,” Hanson said.
When Hanson learned that her cancer had spread and that treatment was going to get more intense, Allegretti remained by her side. They went through radiation treatments, lymph node removal surgeries, and hair loss after chemotherapy.
“I had 16 rounds of chemotherapy for five months, plastic surgery, 25 rounds of radiation for five weeks, and now I am finishing infusion treatments that I do every three weeks,” Hanson said
Allegretti never failed in giving his all to Hanson’s comfort by finding ways to distract her or brighten up her day. He planned little events like going to the movies or spending a night out for dinner.
Throughout Hanson’s treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital Monmouth, Allegretti was there supporting her and empowering her through it all.
“He told me that I was the strongest woman he knew and that this whole experience has made him love me more,” Hanson said.
Allegretti was sure he was going to propose to Hanson and was excited about what their future together would hold.
He discussed his plan for the wedding proposal with Hanson’s family and friends to create the best experience he could for Hanson.
“We all decided it would bring a lot more joy even to the special day it was going to be already,” Allegretti said.
Hanson was thrillingly surprised when Allegretti proposed to her at the hospital. Though just the thought of having a wedding was exciting enough, the luxury wedding planner Lauren Grech offered the couple a free designer wedding as recognition for Hanson’s strength and Allegretti’s loyalty.
This couple’s undying love is true inspiration to savor each relationship’s good health and the loyalty involved.