Kristie Lee Jones, 30, was given the heartbreaking prognosis two days after Christmas, after being diagnosed with sarcoma cancer in March last year
A mum who was given two weeks to live just days after Christmas has married her partner with her five-year-old daughter as bridesmaid.
Kristie Lee Jones, 30, was given the heartbreaking prognosis two days after Christmas, after being diagnosed with sarcoma cancer in March last year.
Mum to Olivia Lee, five, and Carter Alex, 11 months, Kristie had planned on marrying the love of her life Josh after being given the all clear.
But when medics told her she had just weeks to live, the couple, from Bridgend, South Wales, decided to get married at Cardiff’s Velindre hospital – a specialist cancer treatment centre.
On Sunday, 16 close friends and family made their way to the hospital for the emotional day, reports Wales Online.
With Olivia Lee as bridesmaid, who helped out by passing the rings over to her parents, Kristie and Josh were officially married.
“Kristie had chemotherapy with apparent good effect earlier in the year,” said her aunt, Jules Jenkins
“She was having extremely heavy doses over three days every three weeks. Her body couldn’t tolerate it, so it had to be stopped. Then followed six weeks of daily radiotherapy.
“She had her scans on December 27 only to be told that the cancer had spread throughout her body and there would be no cure. This was totally unexpected and devastating beyond all belief.
“When she finished her radiotherapy two weeks earlier, she rang the bell because it was the end of treatment and it was all very joyous. It went from that to finding out she was going to die. The nurse said that Kristie cried and cried and cried again when she found out.”
Kristie’s first treatment had been on her 30th birthday.
“We had a party in the ward and we always said ‘don’t worry we will celebrate next year’ but it is not going to be,” said Jules.
“They have wanted to get married for years, she’s now Kristie-Lee Jones and they have all got the same name and that’s what she is happy with.”
Jules, 58, who lives in Tongwynlais in Cardiff said Kristie’s partner Josh was her rock.
“Josh has been wonderful through her cancer, there are times when he has been upset, probably when he’s on his own, but he’s been so strong,” she said.
“I think it will hit him like a brick once she is gone, but he’s got to concentrate on the children.
“Carter is 11 months old now, he’s just a happy little boy, Olivia is five-and-a-half, she just knows that mummy has not been well for the last 10-11 months.
“She doesn’t know anything else, she didn’t know about the wedding yesterday until she got to the hospital – they told her that mummy had a big surprise for her.
“As any little girl, Olivia loves dressing up, she had her bridesmaid dress on. What was heartbreaking was that she was stood right next to the wheelchair that Kristie was in and while she was crying she was rubbing the top of her shoulder.”
Jules said the couple, despite everything, tried to make the wedding a joyful affair for themselves and their family.