A sad story

April 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I feel desperately sad for the pretty little blondie daughter below

A bride-to-be who thought she had beaten a rare cancer has been forced to bring forward her wedding date after the devastating news that the illness has returned.

The friends and family of Courtney Terry, 27, are now furiously fundraising in a bid to fulfill her final wish of a dream wedding.

Courtney was just 19 when she was first diagnosed with the same disease that killed her 23-year-old brother Jordan seven years ago.

But despite chemotherapy and a kidney removal, her kidney cancer – which is so rare it does not have a name – returned when she became pregnant in 2009.

Courtney, from Barnehurst, south-east London, had planned to marry her childhood sweetheart Billy Webb in seven months’ time.

But doctors have advised her to bring the event forward because of her worsening condition. Now she and her family are relying are on the kindness of strangers to crowdfund their wedding.

Courtney, who has been engaged to Billy for two years, said: ‘It is too late to help me now. ‘There is no more surgery or chemo. I know I am going to die. ‘I won’t grow old with the man I love or see my girl grow up. ‘But the one thing I can do before it is too late is be Mrs Webb.’

She continued: ‘I waited and waited to get married as I wanted to get well first, and there was always another operation or drug trial that got in the way. ‘Now I just want to do it before it is too late.’

Courtney, whose cancer is so rare doctors do not have a name for it, added : ‘I look at my future and I see where it ends. I will die never knowing what is wrong with me – never having a name for it.

Her family said in a statement: ‘Courtney has been unbelievably strong, coping with treatments and their side effects and was often given bad news, whilst being a mum and raising a beautiful little girl. ‘This had a huge impact on the family, who did not expect to hear that her death was going to be so soon.

‘They had a dream for a fairytale wedding to provide an extra special positive memory for Dolcie, Billy and their families.’

Courtney and Billy are saving for their wedding at: causewish.com/project/courtney-s-final-wish

Original story here




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