Woman, 27, celebrates first wedding anniversary to childhood sweetheart after being diagnosed with cancer twice

Rebecca and Kris Moss
Rebecca and Kris Moss -Credit:Rebecca Moss / SWNS

A young woman has celebrated her first wedding anniversary after tying the knot amid a second battle with cancer at the tender age of 26.

Rebecca Moss, now 27, was confronted with an aggressive form of cancer back in 2016 when she was just 20. Within a month of her diagnosis, her partner of five years, Kris Moss, 28, who is employed in the agricultural sector, popped the question.

Rebecca then began a rigorous chemotherapy regimen to treat Hodgkin lymphoma. But after receiving the all-clear, Rebecca faced another health scare four years on when she began feeling a "worrying" pain on her left side. Following a biopsy, doctors confirmed it was Ewings Sarcoma, and in February 2022, she embarked on an eight-month course of chemotherapy.

In a whirlwind of support and love, Kris and Rebecca, of York, decided to wed and managed to plan their nuptials in just one month, with friends and family pitching in, reports Yorkshire Live. Two days post-wedding, Rebecca entered a successful five-month in-patient trial at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Presently, her chemotherapy is on hold as her tumours have been deemed "stable" by medical professionals.

Reflecting on her wedding day, Rebecca, who works as a nail technician in Wilderfoss, said: "It was the perfect day. After the emotional trial treatment, I was all over the place but Kris and I knew we wanted to get married.

"It had been the plan for us to get engaged, buy and house and then get married- but life doesn't work that way. Picking my wedding dress and my dad walking me down the aisle were things I feared I'd never be able to do, but they were both magical. Kris is the love of my life and being able to say I'm his wife is a dream come true.

"I didn't think I'd see my first wedding anniversary but here we are. For a long time, I thought I'd be leaving Kris and my family behind but now I feel more hopeful."

After discovering a lump on her neck in October 2016, Rebecca was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma- a blood cancer that can quickly spread through the body. Medics had caught it early and she quickly underwent six months of chemotherapy for the tumour on her neck. During her treatment, Rebecca's childhood boyfriend popped the question over a home-cooked meal at their home in York, on November 25, 2016.

Following eight months of successful treatment at York Hospital, medics gave Rebecca the all-clear. The pair enjoyed being newly engaged, hoping to save up for a house before beginning wedding planning.

But in December 2021, Rebecca was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a cancer that occurs primarily in the bone and soft tissue. Due to Rebecca's previous health history, her doctors gave a prognosis of prompt chemotherapy and radiotherapy which she began the following month.

Despite undergoing treatment for eight months, doctors decided to schedule Rebecca for an in-patient trial to treat a tumour in the middle of her chest that the previous radiotherapy couldn't reach. The five-month trial meant Rebecca had to stay in Leeds Hospital throughout the experimental chemotherapy.

With her trial set for February 2023, the couple decided they wanted to get married before then. "Doctors said that if I didn't start the trial, I wouldn't be alive in a few years,'' Rebecca revealed.

"At this point, we both just agreed that we wanted to get married before I underwent a new round of treatment. Friends and family rallied around and helped us book the venue, church, flowers and a DJ. They even set up a GoFundMe page that raised over £3,000 towards our wedding."

On February 18, 2023, the pair finally exchanged their vows in front of 100 guests followed by a reception at Burtonfields Hall, Stamford Bridge. Two days after the big day, Rebecca began a successful five-month in-patient trial at Leeds Hospital.

She shared: ''We've been married for nearly a year and every day I'm thankful. My twenties had been dominated by health worries, so to marry my best friend who has been with me throughout was amazing.

"I take every day as it comes but here's hoping for a lifetime more."