An Irish woman who was told she had only two years to live has married her partner in Devon.
Lorraine Whyman, who lives in Rochdale, has incurable brain cancer and wed her 26-year-old partner John Callahan to spend the rest of their lives together as a married couple.
The 33-year-old who is taking part in Cancer Research UK’s March On Cancer in Manchester this weekend told the Manchester Evening News about the emotional reasons behind her decision.
“The wedding meant a lot to me. I wanted everyone to know that’s the person I’m going to spend the rest of my life with,” she said.
“I wouldn’t want anyone to think we’d got married just because I was ill or because my lifespan has an expectancy. If there was a cure tomorrow we’d still be married 60 years from now – that’s why we did it.
“We might have had to push things forward, because we don’t have that time, but we got married because we love each other very much and we’re going to be together no matter what.”
The couple wed in Devon before flying to Ireland where Lorraine’s family are from for a second ceremony. Lorraine’s mother died from ovarian cancer at the age of 37.
“I know what’s going to happen, I’ve seen it happen. But we just have to enjoy whatever time we have left,” she added.