This month I will be focusing on a charity that is really close to my heart, The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation (WWWF). The WWWF exist to organise and fund weddings for people with terminal or life-limiting illnesses.
Grab yourself some tissues as I tell the story of the charities founder, Naomi Thomas.
In 2009 Naomi found a lump in her breast at the age of 26. This lump turned out to be breast cancer. Having not long got engaged to the love of her life, her world was turned upside down.
Naomi underwent surgery to remove the lump and the surrounding lymph nodes and the operation was successful. Surgery was followed by a course of chemotherapy over a 6 month period.
Before the chemotherapy started, Naomi decided to put her ovaries to sleep as there wasn’t enough time to freeze her eggs.
After chemotherapy, Naomi started radiotherapy but decided against taking Herceptin and Tamoxifen as they wanted to start a family sooner rather than later.
In 2010 Naomi fell pregnant with a little boy. After Naomi’s 20 week scan, she started getting back pain and developed gestational diabetes at around 30 weeks. It was then decided to deliver the baby at 38 weeks by c-section.
However, just before the 38 week mark, Naomi’s back pain worsened and she was taken to hospital, where she would stay until she gave birth.
On the 23rd September 2010 baby Devon was born.
Naomi was still suffering with her back, although the pain had eased somewhat, and she was able to get around with the use of crutches.
Just six days after Devon was born Naomi was rushed to hospital in serious pain. She was diagnosed with having the beginnings of MRSA, the hospital superbug, which was most likely caused by her c-section.
The bad news didn’t stop there. Another doctor arrived with the devastating news that the cancer had returned. The cancer had spread into Naomi’s bones and at the base of her spine.
Soon after the diagnosis, Naomi was told that the type of cancer she had was incurable and that they could only treat it but not cure it.
The wedding was put on hold due to the costs involved in living with cancer, as her Fiancé had to give up work to help look after both Naomi and Devon.
Naomi, not one to take anything lying down, got stuck in to fundraising for a cancer charity. Soon, she was contacted by a local wedding planner, who had heard her story and wanted to help.
She wanted Naomi to have her wedding day, for as little money as possible, by contacting people and telling her story to raise money and donations.
On the 6th June 2012, Naomi and Graham’s dreams came true and they got married.
Throughout the process of organising her wedding, Naomi thought, if someone can do this for me, then I can do this for others. So she took her experience of being a wedding planner in a previous job and started the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.
I have previously been involved with the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation, both as a volunteer and through donations. It is an amazing cause, and I can’t wait to share, over the coming months, the fabulous work they have achieved so far.
The story above can be seen in more detail here.
*the information above was taken from Naomi’s book ‘No Ordinary Wedding Planner’ which can be brought here*