MY DY­ING WISH IS TO GET MAR­RIED

Mum, 28, tells of de­spair after can­cer news ‘I’m not go­ing to get to see my kids grow up’

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY LEE MC­CANN

A MUM who has been told she has less than 12 months to live says she has one fi­nal wish – to marry the man she loves.

Laura Col­borne, from Peter­head, was given the dev­as­tat­ing news she has in­cur­able can­cer last week and is now mak­ing plans for the fi­nal months of her life. The 28-year-old says her world has come “crash­ing down” since be­ing told neu­roen­docrine can­cer, which had orig­i­nated in her cervix, has since spread to other parts of her body. Doc­tors have told her chemo­ther­apy, which she started on Thurs­day, would only help slow down the ag­gres­sive can­cer. The mum-of-two says she is now de­ter­mined to marry part­ner Steven Wat­son, 32, who she says is “ab­so­lutely amaz­ing” and has launched a crowd­fun­der to help. Laura, a carer for five-year-old daugh­ter Ari­anna, who suf­fers from spina bi­fida, has been in and out of hos­pi­tal since Novem­ber when she was di­ag­nosed with Cush­ing’s syn­drome. The rare hor­monal dis­or­der caused swelling and sud­den weight gain due to the body pro­duc­ing too much steroid hor­mone cor­ti­sol. Laura gained three stone in weight in two weeks due to the dis­ease. The con­di­tion also masked signs of her can­cer and it failed to show up on any scans. It was not un­til De­cem­ber when she was told she had can­cer and last Tues­day was told it was ter­mi­nal. Laura said: “We were shown the scan. I was told it had spread to the liver, bones and lymph nodes. “The doc­tor said that all the or­ange on the scan was the tu­mours and can­cer growths and the whole thing lit up like a Christ­mas tree. “I was ex­pect­ing the news to be bad. I was told on De­cem­ber 10 that all they could do was slow it down but we weren’t told it was ter­mi­nal. “It was like my whole world had come crash­ing down. “All I could think was my kids are go­ing to grow up without a mum and I’m not go­ing to get to see them grow up. It was so un­real and un­ex­pected and you hope you are imag­in­ing it.” Laura added: “Cush­ing’s syn­drome isn’t of­ten can­cer­ous but in my case it is. They have said that I am quite a rare and un­usual case. “It is the same with the neu­roen­docrine can­cer. Most peo­ple would be low risk, whereas I have a high grade, larger tu­mour and it is spread­ing really fast. “I was told it was really bad and quite ag­gres­sive.” De­spite her di­ag­no­sis, Laura is de­ter­mined to marry Steven, dad to Ari­anna and four-year-old Hil­lary. A crowd­fun­der that would help pay for their wed­ding met its £3,000 tar­get in less than two days since launch­ing on Thurs­day. The Nor­wood Hall Ho­tel in Aberdeen has also of­fered its venue for free for the wed­ding. Laura said: “Steven is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. He had to quit his job to help and be­come a carer for my­self and my daugh­ter. “He used to work in Lidl but he helps me now as I’ve be­come quite im­mo­bile now with the Cush­ing’s syn­drome. “With the crowd­fun­der I wasn’t ex­pect­ing any­thing. We put £3,000 ex­pect­ing a cou­ple of hun­dred pounds. “It just took off. I have been in­cred­i­bly over­whelmed by it all. I can’t be­lieve the enor­mous gen­eros­ity of ev­ery­one. “I’ve had mes­sages from peo­ple of­fer­ing things like to do the make-up on the day or my hair on the day. “Peo­ple are of­fer­ing to try and help with the wed­ding. I have been blown away with ev­ery­body’s gen­eros­ity.” To do­nate to Laura’s last wish visit bit.ly/2rl­hjru

Laura Col­borne re­ceives chemo­ther­apy, Laura pic­tured with part­ner Steven Wat­son and, be­low right, her daugh­ters Ari­anna and Hil­lary

Laura Col­borne has just months to live

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