Jennie Cameron had beaten cancer and was getting ready to wed the love of her life – then doctors gave her the devastating news that she has just a year to live.
After months of gruelling treatment, the mother-of-five, 32, was told that she was “all clear” after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
But, just two weeks ago, she found out that the cancer was back – and this time it had spread to her liver, lungs, lymph nodes and bones.
Doctors believe that the Mid Craigie woman has just a year to live.
Jennie’s friends and family are set to hold a fundraising night in the hope of giving her and partner Francis Yule, 28, the wedding they were supposed to have prior to her first diagnosis – one of her “final wishes”.
Jennie said she “has to stay strong” in the face of the terminal cancer diagnosis for her kids, Nathan, 15, Kristen, 13, Aimee, 10, Kayla, 6, and one-and-a-half-year-old Mason.
She said: “I knew I was very ill and I thought it would be the cancer because of what happened before.
“But it was such a huge shock, when he told me it was terminal. I just couldn’t believe it.
“It is hard – it gets me down sometimes. But I think I just need to be as positive as I can – especially for the kids.
“They have been through so much, just seeing me so ill all the time has been really hard on them.
“For them to see me upset about this would make it even harder for them – I have to stay strong.
“The two older ones have been told and I think the third one knows too but the youngest two don’t.”
Jennie said partner Francis had been “her rock” throughout the treatment and subsequent diagnosis.
Despite only being together for two years, Jennie said she “knew he was the one” almost immediately – and looks forward to them becoming man and wife.
She said: “We were engaged before I was first diagnosed with cervical cancer but we didn’t even have an engagement party because I had to get chemotherapy.
“After that we didn’t rearrange because of everything that was going on. I had lost my hair and put on weight from the steroids I was having to take.”
Friend Roni Christie is heading up fundraising for the wedding, said a special night is to be held at The Ambassador Bar.
Roni said: “We have got everything people can think of – we have fortune tellers, mascots and the raffle prizes are looking brilliant so far.
“We just want to make sure that they both get the day they always wanted and so that they can concentrate on their family for the time they have left.”
Roni added that any surplus money will be used to fund a stay-cation type holiday for the family, as Jennie is unable to travel abroad.
Michelle Fraser, manager of the Ambassador Bar, said that she was “happy to help” Jennie and family with the fundraiser.
She said: “We are happy to do anything we can to help Jennie get her wedding.”
Jennie has called for people given the all-clear from all types of cancer to be given regular, full body tests. She said she had “begged” doctors for one on a weekly basis, after sensing something was wrong with her lungs, since she was told she was free of cancer.
She said: “I just think that it is stupid. I was at the doctors every week – sometimes more – asking for a full body scan because I knew that something was wrong.
“I just think it is crazy – I just wonder if it could have been found ages ago.”
The fundraising night takes place on Clepington Road on Saturday July 14.
People who want to help Jennie and Francis ahead of their wedding can do so by visiting gofundme.com/t5jx8-jennies-final-journey.