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Saddest wedding pictures you will ever see; Lorna and Daniel marry as she loses her fight against cancer.



Byline: JUDITH DUFFY

A DYING woman struggled from her hospice bed to fulfil her last wish - and marry the love of her life.

But after the ceremony, tragic bride Lorna Campbell was too weak to even eat a piece of wedding cake.

Lorna, who has terminal cancer, has been confined to bed ever since her wedding day last week.

Last night, her new husband Daniel Wilson
There are also several other people known by the name Dan Wilson
For another Daniel Wilson, see Daniel Wilson, Bishop of Calcutta
Sir Daniel Wilson
 said: "It broke my heart to see her walking down that aisle.

"It was as if she just lived for that wedding."

With her morphine morphine, principal derivative of opium, which is the juice in the unripe seed pods of the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum. It was first isolated from opium in 1803 by the German pharmacist F. W. A.  dose now increased from 90mg a day to a massive 400, Daniel knows that the woman of his dreams has not much longer left to live.

It's a bitter twist of fate given that Daniel was himself getting over cancer when the two met eight years ago.

Lorna helped him through his difficult recovery, which saw surgeons at Glasgow's Canniesburn Hospital rebuild his jaw. Daniel said: "We didn't know it, but all the time Lorna was helping me, there was a timebomb ticking away inside her."

He added: "She told my sister that her last wishes were to get married to me, and to die at home.

"We are doing our best to make sure both are granted."

Close family looked on last week as Lorna said her vows in a brief, poignant chapel service at Strathcarron Hospice Strathcarron Hospice is a free palliative care resource in Denny, serving the Forth Valley area. It was established in 1981 and cares for patients with an active aggressive illness. It relies heavily on volunteers and fundraising to provide its service. , near Denny, Stirlingshire.

Daniel said: "She had to be led by my brother-in-law and sister, but she did it all with a smile on her face.

"When we came home we had a quiet drink - and Lorna went to bed. She's been bed-bound since."

Former champion bowler Lorna, 52, met Daniel, 55, in Stirling in 1993.

Daniel said: "She had a partial hysterectomy hysterectomy (hĭstərĕk`təmē), surgical removal of the uterus. A hysterectomy may involve removal of the uterus only or additional removal of the cervix (base of the uterus), fallopian tubes (salpingectomy), and ovaries  some years before, and then an operation to remove a cyst cyst, abnormal sac in the body, filled with a fluid or semisolid and enclosed in a membrane. Cysts can be congenital but are usually acquired, the most common locations being the skin and the ovaries. .

"But what they'd thought was a mass of tissue left over from the surgery was actually a cancer." Lorna underwent weeks of radiotherapy radiotherapy /ra·dio·ther·a·py/ (-ther´ah-pe) treatment of disease by means of ionizing radiation; tissue may be exposed to a beam of radiation, or a radioactive element may be contained in devices (e.g. , surgery and several different kinds of chemotherapy until the couple were eventually told there was nothing doctors could do.

Daniel said: "Lorna asked the specialist 'How long have I got?'

"He told her that she had three months to a year at most. That was three months ago."

Once they heard the news, Lorna and Daniel tried to make the most of every minute together. Lorna spent six weeks, on and off, at Strathcarron Hospice, returning whenever possible to the neat terraced home in Riverside, Stirling, where she and Daniel found their "happiest years".

But three weeks ago, they realised there was very little time left.

And it was then Lorna made her final wish known to Daniel's sister Mary, who had travelled to Stirling from England to help care for Lorna. Mary said: "I asked Lorna what sort of things she really wanted to do in the time she had left. She said all she really wanted was to marry Daniel."

Once Daniel knew of his partner's wish, he organised the ceremony in record time - and went out to buy his bride a dress.

He said: "I reckoned I had about 15 days to organise a wedding.

"I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 why we'd never got round to it before.

"We always got on like a house on fire, but I thought she didn't want to get married because she had never mentioned it.

"I think she had made the same mistake with me."

Daniel added: "I spoke to the staff at the hospice and I spotted an ivory dress in Debenhams with a stole to match. I know she loves ivory.

"Five days before the wedding, Lorna told me she wanted me to wear a kilt kilt

Knee-length, skirtlike garment worn by men as part of the traditional national garb, or Highland dress, of Scotland. It is made of permanently pleated wool and wrapped around the wearer's waist so that the pleats are in the back and the flat ends overlap in front.
 - and I managed that too."

The groom wore Douglas tartan Tartan, in the Bible
Tartan (tär`tăn), in the Bible, official title of two Assyrians sent to Hezekiah by Sennacherib and Sargon.
tartan, pattern
tartan: see plaid.
 - Lorna's favourite.

And on the day, the dress Daniel had chosen fitted Lorna perfectly.

She walked up the aisle in the full-length evening-style gown of ivory silk, her beaded beaded /bead·ed/ (bed´ed) having the appearance of beads or a string of beads.

bead·ed
adj.
1. Having numerous small rounded projections often in a row.

2.
 stole fastened with a gold and silver brooch brooch

Ornamental pin with a clasp to attach it to a garment. Brooches developed from the Greek and Roman fibula, which resembled a decorative safety pin and was used as a fastening for cloaks and tunics.
 which had belonged to her late mother.

Throughout the ceremony, conducted by chaplain Reverend Stuart Coates, the bride carried a lucky horseshoe horseshoe, narrow plate, commonly of iron or steel, shaped to fit a horse's hoof and attached to the hoof by nailing it to the inner edge of the horny wall of the hoof. .

Daniel said: "The hospice was fantastic about the wedding. Every one of the nurses came by to wish us luck.

"Lorna was late arriving for the ceremony, but that's every bride's prerogative An exclusive privilege. The special power or peculiar right possessed by an official by virtue of his or her office. In English Law, a discretionary power that exceeds and is unaffected by any other power; the special preeminence that the monarch has over and above all others, , isn't it?

"She never stopped laughing and smiling all day."

Daniel's sister Mary added: "You could tell she got such a lift from the day, even when it came to organising it beforehand."

Lorna was too ill to speak to a reporter yesterday, but told Daniel she was "very happy" to have had her wedding day.

Lorna added: "Tell them that I want people to know what a marvellous place the hospice is, with a lot of special people."

A spokesman for Strathcarron Hospice said: "We were so happy to be able to assist."
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