Cancer Blogger Anna Swabey Dies The Day Before Her Wedding
A woman who blogged about her battle with terminal brain cancer has died a day before she was due to get married.
Anna Swabey, 25, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, was initially given three months to live in 2015 when she met Andy Bell, 26, on a dating app.
The pair were due to marry on Saturday in the Yorkshire Dales, but Miss Swabey passed away earlier.
She had raised money for charity Brain Tumour Research. Spokeswoman Wendy Fulcher said a “light had gone out.”
She said: “Bright, vivacious, kind, and beautiful, Anna was one of those to whom others are naturally drawn.
“She had a great sense of fun and a marvellous joie de vivre.
“Anna was just 23 when she was told she had a brain tumour. Understandably devastated and angry, she nevertheless held her head up high and decided she would live her life, however long it might be, to the full.”
Months after her diagnosis Miss Swabey started her blog, Inside my Head.
Ms Fulcher said she was given hope by neurosurgeon Kevin O’Neill, who leads the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at Imperial College.
“She left her first consultation with him in “tears of happiness” not because he had changed her diagnosis but because they would fight “Trev”, as she dubbed the growth in her brain, together,” Ms Fulcher said.
But after her condition worsened the pair were forced to postpone the wedding.
Ms Fulcher said brain cancer was particularly cruel because it killed more children and people under 40 than any other form of the disease, but received just 1% of national, research funding.