Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Friends Help to Make Debbie's Dream a Reality; Cancer Put Wedding Plan at Risk

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Friends Help to Make Debbie's Dream a Reality; Cancer Put Wedding Plan at Risk

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BRAVE cancer sufferer Debbie Kimber today told how the disease may rob her of her life - but not her wedding day.

Thanks to her doting family and friends, and the generous local community, the 42-year-old's dreams are set to come true.

The mum-of-two got engaged to her fiance Steve Cuthbert in June and the pair were happily planning their perfect day for late next year.

But their plans fell to pieces when Deborah started suffering from chronic stomach and back pains and was sent by her doctor for further tests.

After a CT scan, the nurse was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, which had already spread to her lymph nodes and liver.

Despite her shock, Debbie was determined to walk down the aisle and tie the knot with the man she loves.

The couple brought the wedding forward, then family, friends and people they've never met clubbed together to pay for it in just two days.

Debbie and Steve, 41, will exchange their vows in Gateshead Register Office on September 21 and more than 400 people will join in their celebrations at the reception.

Speaking from the home she shares with Steve and her two sons Michael and Aarron in Whickham, Gateshead, Debbie said: "We got engaged in June. At the time, I'd been suffering from back and stomach pains.

"I'd been to the doctors loads of times, but they just kept giving me painkillers. It got to the point when I was begging them to do something because the pain was getting that bad.

"That's when they sent me to the hospital for an ultrasound scan. They found something and asked me to come back and see a consultant and have another scan.

"I just knew then that it was cancer. I'm a nurse and I deal with cancer everyday.

"I asked the consultant if it was cancer and he said yes. I then went straight in for a CT scan and found out it was pancreatic cancer and it had already spread. …

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