When tragic bride Courtney Terry vows to be with childhood sweetheart Billy Webb “till death do us part”, she knows that day is not far away.For the 27-year-old mum is terminally ill with a Kidney cancer so rare it doesn’t even have a name and is racing against time to marry.Courtney planned to wed in November until last week her consultant broke the devastating news she may not live that long.Now she wants to marry decorator Billy, also 27 and the dad of her five-year-old girl Dolcie, in July and needs to raise £20,000 to pay for a big day.
Tragic: Courtney Terry is trying to bring her wedding date forward to long term fiance Billy WebbTearful Courtney, who has been engaged since 2013, said: “It’s too late to help me now. There’s no more surgery or chemo. I know I’m going to die.“I won’t grow old with the man I love or see my girl grow up. But the one thing I can do before it’s too late is be Mrs Webb.“I waited and waited to get married as I wanted to get well first and there was always another operation or drug trial that got in the way. Now I just want to do it before it’s too late.“I look at my future and I can see where it ends. I’ll die never knowing what is wrong with me – never having a name for it.Happier times:
Tragically, Courtney’s fears were realised as the Kidney cancer had already spread to her lungs.And while she was being treated, she suffered a second blow as her brother Jordan was coincidentally struck down with Kidney cancer too.(Photo: JOHN ALEVROYIANNIS).She battled her illness at Guy’s Hospital in London while he fought a malignant melanoma at nearby St Thomas’s. Courtney said: “We were so close, hearing he was ill was just as hard as finding out about myself. The illnesses were unrelated but it was just the cruellest thing.
“Jordan wasn’t allowed to come and see me before my lung operation as he had MRSA and when he finally got out of hospital he was really poorly.”Six months after Courtney’s operation, Jordan died, aged 22.But rather than see his heartbreaking passing as her own death sentence, she vowed to keep going in his memory. Two weeks later she discovered she was pregnant, which gave her strength to battle on.