As Judith Elliott takes the brunt of terminal cancer, she and her partner of 37 years decide it’s time to celebrate their love in style and make precious memories while they’re still alive. maybe.
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A terminally ill bride is trying one last time to marry her mate before she dies.
Judith Elliott and Paul Laing have been together for 37 years, but never enough to say “I like”.
But when Judith was dealt a devastating blow with terminal cancer, the parents of three decided it was time to celebrate their love in style and create precious memories while they still can. .
Their son Craig, 28, began organizing the perfect day for his beloved mom and dad when Judith was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and liver metastases, after noticing she had back pain last November.
The diagnosis came as a huge shock to the family, as the 55-year-old recently received clear information from his doctors after five years of treatment for non-hodgkin’s lymphoma.
They thought she was cured – but now doctors say lung cancer has the potential to take her life.
With the help of Gift of A Wedding charity, Craig was able to arrange a romantic date at the Sea Hotel in South Shields, with donations from local vendors helping to put together everything for the day. their big day on March 3, reports. Living Chronicle.
But a last-minute misunderstanding about food costs left them scrambling to fund an important aspect of the celebration: the food.
The venue has slashed food prices to help, but the couple, who are unable to work due to illness and Paul’s caregiving responsibilities, still face paying more than £1,000 for the day’s food – or risk having to cancel the event. They came up with a GoFundMe . Pagewith Craig and other generous family and friends providing most of the total amount needed, but they still faced a small shortfall.
“We’ve been through a lot lately so I just thought, ‘let’s put things right and there’s something good to look forward to for change’,” says Craig.
“It’s all about my mom and dad: there was no one else for them but each other, they were made for each other. Having three children, they always put us first, but now I want to put them first. They were always for someone else so now I want them to take something back.
“We just wanted a sandwich and a scone or something after the ceremony and they’re going to have an evening buffet, the place has a discount, which helps, but we don’t want to have to cancel quit. We can’t” not deal with the damage it will cause. “
Judith says she was overdone when Craig revealed that he figured out how to get her and Paul married and now “can’t wait” for the big day.
She said: “I can’t believe, honestly, he has a heart of gold, and Gift Of A Wedding is amazing.
“I’m about to put on my dress, and my hen, I can’t wait.
“I’m on my fourth round of chemotherapy now, and if you look at me you’ll never know I’m bad. I’m still breathing and I only do things once a day – you just have to think positively. .”
She says she doesn’t like asking for help, but is desperate not to miss this opportunity to finally become the wife of the man she’s spent her life with.
Fiancé Paul, 56, says he can’t wait to see the love of his life walk down the aisle – and that the fear of having to postpone the big day is “absolutely devastating”.
He said: “Marriage means the whole world to us. It’s something that’s always been weighed down.
“We’ve always been there for each other, we just have to keep going.
“It would be a very strange feeling to see her walk down the aisle, it would be very emotional.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/terminally-ill-bride-desperate-marry-26294977 Desperately terminally ill bride marries her partner of 37 years before her death