Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jo-Anne and Chris Have a Wedding Day So Precious; Cancer Mum Marries in Touching Ceremony

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jo-Anne and Chris Have a Wedding Day So Precious; Cancer Mum Marries in Touching Ceremony

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Byline: ANDY PASSANT

A CANCER-STRICKEN mum is living out the last precious days of her life - only weeks after getting married to her long-time love.

Jo-Anne McFarlane was given three months to live after it was discovered she was terminally ill with cancer.

Jo-Anne, 37, was due to marry her partner of more than 20 years, Chris Dalton, in a church ceremony.

But she was too weak to go to church and the wedding was held instead in a marquee in the garden of her Middlesbrough home.

Now, just weeks later, Jo-Anne is facing up to the grim reality that doctors can do nothing more for her.

Jo-Anne, who used to work on McMahons fruit stall next to Binns in Middlesbrough town centre, said: "I don't feel too bad really. It is good days and bad days. I just take one day at a time." Jo-Anne, who has lived on the Netherfields estate all her life, was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006.

The mum had a mastectomy and was later given the all-clear.

But just before Christmas last year it was found she had tumours at the base of her brain and she had to have laser treatment and radiotherapy.

She was dealt another shattering blow earlier this year when a follow-up scan revealed more terrible news.

Jo-Anne was told that this time the cancer was inoperable and terminal.

Husband Chris, 43, who has taken her surname McFarlane, said: "They just said there was no more they can do.

"They gave her three months to live.

"It has been a nightmare really but we have just got on with it." The couple, who have been together for more than 20 years switched their wedding venue to Jo-Anne's home in Grasby Close, Netherfields.

Jo-Anne said: "Since I found out for the second time in December I sort of decided 'let's go for it and get married'.

"There was no way I could put up with a big event. I was just getting weaker and weaker. I was off my legs. I was mostly in bed."

Instead the wedding went ahead on May 30 at the home where she was born.

A marquee was set up in the back garden and another out the front.

Best man Paul Hugill said: "We got permission off the council. …

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