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29-Year-Old Primary Teacher Dies From Bowel Cancer Just Three Days After Her Wedding

After being diagnosed with colon cancer in August, 29-year-old teacher Katie Sutterby of Essex passed away two weeks ago, three days after her wedding.

On August 13, Sutterby was diagnosed with colon cancer after dealing with indigestion problems in July. At first, she tried to heal with over-the-counter medication but when the symptoms progressed, she went to her doctor. Her husband, Will Arnold, gave an interview to Metro, discussing how her diagnosis progressed and their decision to get married.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Doctors advised that Sutterby undergo chemotherapy treatments to shrink the cancer as much as they could. There were several tumors on her liver as well and removing all of them wouldn’t have left enough healthy liver left. Though, when her chemotherapy treatments were set to begin, she developed jaundice and other health complications. Going through with chemotherapy would have worsened her health. Doctors then reduced Sutterby’s lifespan from a few months to a few weeks.

Arnold had planned to propose later in the year but with the aggression of her cancer, he proposed sooner than he planned and the two got married.

The two wed on August 9. Of their ceremony, Arnold said, “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.” Sutterby passed away three days after her wedding and five weeks after her diagnosis.

Arnold started a Just Giving page, which was made to raise money and awareness for bowel cancer. “I can’t do anything to make this better, but I can help raise awareness about this indiscriminate disease. Katie was responsible for getting me running and together we worked up to my first 5K earlier this year. On October 13th me and Katie’s sister Hayley will be running the Royal Parks half marathon,” he wrote.

The page has raised nearly £10,000.

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