A blogger who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour last year has died just one day before she was due to marry her fiance.
Anna Swabey, 25, from Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, had been due to marry Andy Bell, 26, tomorrow in the Yorkshire Dales after the pair met on Tinder last year.
But after her condition worsened the pair were forced to postpone the wedding and Anna tragically passed away in the early hours of this morning.
Anna Swabey passed away this morning after a long battle with a rare form of brain cancer. Pictured: Anna at her hen party
The brave university graduate died at her home in County Durham surrounded by her family.
The news was announced by her family on social media this morning, writing on the Inside My Head Facebook wall – the official page for Anna’s blog.
The post reads: ‘Anna passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning. I cannot put into words the heartbreak we all feel.
Anna and her fiance Andy Bell (pictured together) had been due to get married in the Yorkshire Dales today but had to postpone the wedding when her condition took a turn for the worse
Andy, an electrical maintenance engineer proposed in December 2015 aware that his marriage would be a tragically short one
‘But amongst our sadness, we are so proud of her courage, her spirit and the determination she showed throughout her illness. If ever there was a person to show us how to live, it’s Anna Louise Swabey, our beautiful, brave girl’.
The post was met with hundreds of messages of sympathy and love from Anna’s family and friends.
Anna was first diagnosed with a very rare Grade Three brain tumour, known as anaplastic astrocytoma, in January 2015.
Anna had been preparing for her wedding before her death, hosting a hen do with her family and friends
Andy and Anna met on Tinder last year, and right from the offset he was aware of Anna’s condition and supported her throughout
Anna was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January 2015 and was given just three years to live, doctors persisted with treatment but sadly were unable to save Anna. Pictured: Anna during treatment
Anna was determined to stay positive throughout her illness despite her condition worsening
Doctors revealed that the tumour was terminal giving Anna just a few years to live but tragically she passed sooner.
Before her death Anna had dedicated her life to charity helping to raise over £50,000 for the Brain Tumour Research Campaign.
Since her untimely death Anna’s JustGiving page where she collected donations in aid of the charity has seen a spike in contributions, with over £1000 donated since this morning.
Bright, vivacious, kind, and beautiful, Anna was one of those to whom others are naturally drawn.
Paying tribute to the inspirational fundraiser, Wendy Fulcher, the charity’s founder, said: ‘Bright, vivacious, kind, and beautiful, Anna was one of those to whom others are naturally drawn.
‘She had a great sense of fun and a marvellous joie de vivre. After graduating with a first class degree in languages and European studies, she had plans to learn Mandarin and there is no doubt she had the brightest of futures ahead.’
Tomorrow would have been the day that Anna and fiance Andy had intended to marry after the pair met on Tinder.
Although they were aware that there relationship would be cut short Andy and Anna were determined to enjoy every moment they had together
Before her untimely death Anna raised over £50,000 in aid of brain tumour research
Andy, an electrical maintenance engineer proposed in December 2015 aware that his marriage would be a tragically short one – but was determined to make Anna his wife if only for a few years.
What made their love story even more touching is that Andy has known, since before their first date, that Anna was terminally ill.
Speaking before her death Andy revealed the devastating reality of their future as a couple.
Wendy Fulcher of Brain Tumour Research Campaign described Anna as ‘bright, vivacious and kind’
After her family shared the news of her death on Facebook they were met by hundreds of messages of sympathy and love
Anna’s parents Linda, 60 and Keith, 52 (pictured at Anna’s graduation) were by her side when she passed this morning
In July he said: ‘I would do anything to swap places with her and take the pain and fear away for her.
‘It hits me that this will be my life soon, living without her. It’s crushing but I try to follow her example and just live in the present, rather than dwell on the future.’
In December last year Andy proposed to Anna with a solitaire diamond ring, having asked her father’s permission first.
Donate towards Anna’s fundraising page for the Brain Tumour Research Campaign, here.
BRAIN TUMOURS: THE FACTS
- Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.
- There are more than 120 different types of brain tumour, making them difficult to diagnose, and symptoms can vary from patient to patient. However, some of the more common signs include headaches, vomiting or nausea, visual disturbances and convulsions.
- Around 16,000 people a year are diagnosed with a primary or secondary brain tumour.
- Unlike most cancers, brain tumour incidence is rising: it was 23 per cent higher for men and 25 per cent higher for women in 2012 than 1970.
- Less than 20 per cent of those diagnosed with brain cancer survive beyond five years.
- In 2014, brain tumours received just 1.5 per cent of the £498 million national spend on research into cancer. At this rate, it could take 100 years to catch up with developments in other diseases.
Source: Brain Tumour Research, braintumourresearch.org