By Jessica Sooknanan
A woman battling terminal cancer has passed away, just one day before she was set to marry her fiance in front of 200 loved ones.
Anna Swabey of England documented her fight with brain cancer on her website Inside My Head. She said when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, she was crushed.
“…I have a vivid recollection of a specific conversation I had with my Mum that led to me having tears streaming down my face,” wrote Swabey. “It all of a sudden hit me that I would never fall in love; I would never get married and have my own family. And to put it bluntly, in that moment my heart broke.”
Just a few months after the diagnosis, she met Andrew.
“He knew from day one that I was battling a terminal illness, and yet did not let this, in any way shape or form cloud any of our time together,” wrote Swabey.
The two were engaged on December 5, 2015. Over the next few months, Swabey planned her wedding, staying happy and positive all the while, despite her devastating prognosis.
On Friday, her sister posted a heartbreaking update to Swabey’s Facebook page: she passed away peacefully early that morning, just one day before her wedding.
Family and friends gathered on what would have been Swabey’s wedding day to remember her.
“We are all so proud of what she’s achieved and overwhelmed by just how many people she has touched,” loved ones posted on her Facebook page.
In her final months, Swabey worked to raise money for cancer research. Overall, she managed to raise about $120,000.
“Thank you to everyone for helping Anna reach this,” her friends and family wrote.
Swabey’s funeral will be held September 23.