Dundee mum with can­cer dies on her wed­ding day

Fam­ily trans­form planned re­cep­tion into a cel­e­bra­tion in mem­ory of brave young woman

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - STE­WART ALEXAN­DER

A fam­ily have spo­ken of their heart­break af­ter a mother of five with ter­mi­nal can­cer died just hours be­fore her wed­ding.

Jen­nie Cameron, 32, from Mid Craigie in Dundee, lost her bat­tle on the same day she was to wed Fran­cis Yule.

What was to have been a wed­ding re­cep­tion at the Am­bas­sador Bar in Cleping­ton Road in­stead be­came a cel­e­bra­tion of her life, as the fam­ily gath­ered to toast the tragic mum.

Although they did not ex­change vows, Jen­nie had taken Fran­cis’s sur­name.

Her heart­bro­ken fiancé, 28, re­vealed he slipped the wed­ding ring on to Jen­nie’s finger shortly af­ter her death.

“Jen­nie was far stronger than me through­out all of this,” he said. “I some­times joked she was made of steel.

“She had come home on Fri­day from Ninewells. Jen­nie was sched­uled to go down to the Apex with her brides­maids on the Fri­day, but she wasn’t up to it.”

Jen­nie’s health de­te­ri­o­rated in the early hours of Satur­day and she was taken back into hospi­tal, where she died.

Fran­cis said: “Jen­nie was my soul­mate. Although we didn’t get to cel­e­brate the day as we had planned, it will al­ways be our wed­ding day.

“The one com­fort I think all the fam­ily have is that Jen­nie is now at peace.

“She is no longer in pain, she was such a strong war­rior through­out.

“As a fam­ily ev­ery­one has come to­gether, we will en­sure her chil­dren never for­get how strong she has been through­out this or­deal.”

Her step­fa­ther, Brian Lyn­d­sey, said: “We had ini­tially can­celled the wed­ding venue, but we de­cided to have a cel­e­bra­tion in Jen­nie’s mem­ory.”

Jen­nie was given the dev­as­tat­ing news of her ter­mi­nal ill­ness in July.

De­spite be­ing given the all-clear from cer­vi­cal can­cer 10 weeks ear­lier, it had re­turned and spread to her liver, lungs, lymph nodes and bones.

Brian said that af­ter the ini­tial good news at Easter she de­vel­oped a cough that meant fre­quent trips to the doc­tor.

“Within 10 weeks she is get­ting told it was ter­mi­nal, we were all ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated,” he said, adding that the fam­ily had been “over­whelmed” by the way friends, rel­a­tives and strangers helped raise money for her “dream wed­ding”.

“Jen­nie’s mem­ory will live on through her kids. We can all see fea­tures of Jen­nie in her chil­dren. De­spite all her health is­sues, she made sure the kids and the fam­ily came first,” said Brian.

Jen­nie’s fu­neral will be next Tues­day at 11.45am at Dundee Cre­ma­to­rium, with friends in­vited to wear bright colours.

She is sur­vived by her chil­dren Nathan, Kirsten, Aimee, Kayla and Ma­son.

Fran­cis and Jen­nie, above. Jen­nie re­lax­ing at home, top left, and try­ing on a wed­ding dress, top right.

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