"I wanted a wedding not a funeral': Bride who was diagnosed with breast cancer just a WEEK before her big day kept it a secret from guests because she 'didn't want their pity" says Charlotte Drake, 34 from Oxfordshire.
She pushed for referrals after being told it was just a cyst and is now urging all women to check their breasts. As do I of course.
'A woman who was diagnosed with cancer just days before her wedding has told how she and her fiancé came to the decision to keep her condition a secret and go through with their ceremony.
Charlotte was diagnosed with breast cancer after discovering a lump while checking her breast while lying in bed.
The brand manager, who had dreamed of being a wife and mother since the age of ten, decided to go through with her nuptials to Luke Drake, now 32, in May 2014 because she wanted to have 'a wedding, not a funeral'.
Despite having no family history of the disease, Charlotte was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that could have killed her within two years.'
She said: "When I was diagnosed I was 30, had no family history, I didn't smoke, rarely drank and was very healthy."
"Moments before I went into hospital for my results, I was agonising over which colour dress to buy online for my honeymoon. An hour later I was told I had cancer. It put everything into perspective and I couldn't believe I had been worrying about a dress. I was convinced my life was over and told Luke I didn't think we should get married. I thought I'd ruined his life and didn't want to become his wife, only for me to die."
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