A sick woman who was diagnosed with cancer for the third time this summer has married her 23-year-old partner.
Helen O’Neill, 62, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 48, called it a “marriage together and a funeral”.
He married Ian Palin at the Alexandra Court Hotel, Congleton, and said it was an opportunity to say goodbye to his loved ones.
Helen said: “Ian has gone through every stage of his cancer journey in the last 14 years.
“We decided to have this event at the same time as a wedding and the last rites with friends flying from different parts of Europe.
“Despite my news, we wanted it to be a happy, life-affirming, encouraging affair and an opportunity for me to say goodbye to friends I rarely see personally.
“On a low note, on Sunday, August 1, I sent an e-mail from my sick bed, urging a wedding reception.
“Within an hour, the Alexandra Court Hotel has arranged the menu, room availability and as a team we have organized the entire event in 23 days.
Various friends brought music, arranged photography, designed invitations, and arranged flowers.
Following her recent assessment, Helen, a former PR professional who has worked with Marketing Manchester, Liverpool Capital of Culture and the North West Development Agency, is supporting Christie’s new £ 26 million cancer center in Maclesfield. ۔
She recalls how during her first cancer, she traveled daily to Christie’s in Manchester for radiotherapy.
Helen said: “I traveled to Christie’s for 15 radiotherapy sessions in the summer of 2007, so I know how painful and tiring it is to go to Washington every week for three consecutive weeks of treatment.
“Although the service at Christie’s was excellent, the drive was terrible and there were parking problems.
“A half-hour meeting can take up most of the day and is emotionally difficult.
“My partner, Ian, took me to most of my appointments, including all the radiotherapy appointments, and it was tough on him.
“Being able to get it in Christie’s at McClelland Field in the future will make a big difference to patients in Cheshire and the High Peak area.
“How and with what skill will we reach Christie’s door?”
Helen had to quit her job during her first cancer while undergoing mastectomy and chemotherapy at McClelland District General Hospital, after which Christie underwent radiotherapy and decided not to return to work after recovering.
After that, Helen attended regular screenings, but in 2011 she developed a sarcoma that was removed in an operation at Whiten Shey Hospital.
“I am grateful to Christie for caring for the internationally renowned sarcoma team because I had a rare form of sarcoma-spindle cell sarcoma,” said Helen.
“His skills were very satisfying.”
Then, in the summer of 2021, despite being cancer-free for almost ten years, Helen received the devastating news that she had secondary breast cancer.
He was told that although cancer was curable, it was not curable.
She is starting a weekly course of chemotherapy next week.
Helen, who enjoys swimming, said of Zumba, theater, music and the arts: “It’s very different at the moment because of different illnesses.
“I was shocked and scared, but Ian and I are doing our best. As a society, we don’t just deal with death or deaths.
“Some friends remained unanswered, but some disappeared after years of friendship.
“It shows that some people can face reality and some can’t.
“After being diagnosed with cancer for the third time, I was relieved that Christie would be very close to home in McClusfield.
Being able to do all of your cancer treatment in a place where there is continuity and what you know is really important to me.
“I am excited about the new cancer center because it looks amazing and I am confident that patients who use it will receive the highest standards of care and treatment when it opens.”
With Christie in Maxfield opening in December 2021, it will replace cancer care in the high-peak areas of Cheshire, North Staffordshire and Derbyshire, providing more than 1,500 current patients with near-home care annually. Will do.
Christie’s Charity needs to raise 23 23 million for the new center. Go to Christie’s help at McClusfield. www.christies.org/macclesfield Or call our team on 0161 446 3988.