Special wedding day for couple as brave groom battles illness

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A DEVOTED couple got married in a specially arranged wedding just weeks after the groom was told he had terminal cancer.

Jan-marie Wilke (31) and David Docherty (36) tied-the-knot in a happy and emotional service on January 17.

Family, friends and local businesses rallied round to give them the perfect day.

The couple were given the tragic news on December 21 that David’s cancer, which he had battled with for more than a year, was terminal.

Jan-marie and David, from Kirkintilloch, had been engaged for more than a year, but put the wedding on hold as

David was going through treatment and their baby girl Olyvia, now aged one, was born.

But when they were given the devastating news about David, the couple decided to get married as soon as possible.

David’s dad, Andrew, and Jan-marie’s friend, Lorraine, and Lorraine’s mum, Kay, set about arranging the wedding in just three weeks, which was held in the Kirkintilloch Rangers Supporters Club.

Jan-marie said: “We decided that day in the hospital waiting room to get married.

“David’s dad took care of the ceremony and the buffet, and Kay took care of the flowers, cars and dress.

“David’s sister-in-law, Senga, transformed the place, his cousin’s husband, Joe, took the photos and Laura Miller was my witness.

“It was an amazing day, absolutely perfect. Everything just slipped into place.

“I had a cry before the wedding because of all the things people were doing for us. We’d like to thank everyone for what they did for us.”

Jan-marie’s son, 15-year-old Kieran, gave her away and daughter Shauna (10) was a bridesmaid. Little Olyvia was a flower girl.

David’s daughter Aimee (15) was also a bridesmaid.

David said: “I was nervous at first, but when I got in the car I just wanted to get in there and get married.

“When I went in I tried to talk to my brother, I got a lump in my throat and new I was going to start crying.”

David was diagnosed with secondary cancer in September 2011 after finding a lump in his neck. He underwent surgery and radiotherapy treatment.

But in June last year, primary cancer was found on his tongue, and he went through major surgery.

Sadly, in November he found another lump on his neck and was told there was no cure.

He is now having chemotherapy treatment to hopefully reduce the tumour and give him precious time with his family.

David said: “I don’t feel like I have cancer. I’m determined the chemotherapy will work.”

Jan-marie added: “We were stunned when told the news.

“Every time we went to the hospital I was expecting the worst, but this time I went in not worrying. I was thinking it was going to be better results.

“They offered radical surgery, but there was only a 10 per cent chance of it working and David could be left disfigured, without speech and unable to swallow.

“We don’t know how long he will have. The kids seem to be doing well taking it in.

“We’re determined the chemotherapy will work.”

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