Katie Sutterby worked at Maltese Road Primary School, in Chelmsford, Essex, and organised her wedding in just weeks: The Sun
A primary school teacher in the UK died of bowel cancer just three days after dancing the night away on her wedding night.
Katie Sutterby, who was described as a "dedicated" teacher for Maltese Road Primary School, in Chelmsford, Essex, was just 29 when she lost her brief battle with the disease.
She had been diagnosed just five weeks earlier, reports The Sun.
Due to the severity of her sudden condition, she and husband Will Arnold decided to make the most of their remaining time together and organise a dream wedding with family and friends.
Will, from Chelmsford, said: "It was totally unexpected, she was perfectly healthy and only 29.
"She was very active and enjoyed running, she actually was the one who got me into running and loved going to the gym.
"Towards the end of July, she started getting indigestion-like symptoms and at first we just went to the pharmacy to try and get it under control.
"The symptoms continued and the doctor said they would look into it further. They thought it was probably gallstones so they referred her for a scan.
"We carried on as normal until Katie felt a lot of pain at work one day and was told to go to A&E. There they did an x-ray and kept her in that night having found something on the scan.
"We were told the next day she had bowel cancer and that it had already spread to her liver. We were just in complete shock but Katie stayed amazingly strong and positive.
"We thought we would try and do something nice so went away for the weekend. However a few days later Katie had to go back to see the consultant and she was told the cancer was terminal.
"They said she probably only had months or a year at the most. We were, of course, all completely devastated.
"We were so proud of Katie in her last few weeks and seeing her dealing with it so well was inspiring.
"On the other hand seeing her health deteriorate so quickly was just so hard to see.
"I don’t think she wanted to accept it. You never think it’s going to be cancer, you always just assume it’s something minor.
"But the doctors said she might have had it for quite a while but just never had any of the normal symptoms.
"There were so many tumours that they couldn’t operate straight away because it wouldn’t leave enough healthy liver.
"Instead they decided to start chemotherapy to shrink the cancer as much as possible first.
"But by the time the chemo started she had started to have a lot of physical symptoms, like her legs were swollen and she also had jaundice.
"She was having to take a lot of medication and strong pain relief. Because she was young, everything happens a lot more quickly so her age worked against her.
"Apparently the chemo would only make things worse so they had to stop the treatment. At that point the doctor said it’s more likely to be weeks rather than months.
"I was planning to propose to Katie later in the year but we had no time so we decided to just do it and get married."
The loving pair managed to organise their wedding for August 10, within just two weeks of getting the devastating news.
Will added: "It was amazing to do it in the time we had. She looked beautiful. I didn’t think she was going to have the energy to keep going for as long as she did, but we danced all night and she chatted to everyone.