A woman with terminal brain cancer has told of her devastation after her fiancé dumped her just a week before their wedding.
Emily Nicholson, 24, from York, saw her weight soar by five dress sizes within six weeks after she began taking steroids as part of her treatment.
The aspiring model moved to Australia in 2012 where she worked as a bar manager and club promoter before being diagnosed with astrocytoma brain cancer in February 2016.
In spite of the disease, Emily and her then-boyfriend Jamie Smith, 24, had already began making plans to get married when she was given the devastating news in January 2017 that she had just a year left to live.
The once slender size 6 claims Jamie called off their engagement just one week before they were set to get married using Facebook Messenger – a claim he denies.
Emily, who gained 5 stone as a result of treatment for her tumour, initially planned to wed Jamie in August 2016 but the couple had to postpone their wedding until March 2017 because she needed surgery.
The pair also discussed freezing Emily’s eggs so she could one day have IVF if she recovered.
Speaking about the moment she received the message from New Zealander Jamie, saying he wanted to ‘call it a day’, Emily says: ‘Jamie messaged me and said he didn’t want to be with me and he hadn’t loved me for a long time.
‘It was horrendous. He made it very clear that he didn’t love me. I felt it was because of the way I looked and what had happened.
‘Now I don’t feel anything about him, he hurt me but there’s no point getting upset over it. I’ve just had to be strong about it all.’
‘He told me he didn’t love me anymore. For months he’d been going out with his friends but obviously I couldn’t do that.
‘We were looking to build our lives together in the time we had left.’
Jamie, who works as a cable layer, has denied the allegations stating he broke up with Emily just before they were due to marry.
He says: ‘It was the other way around, she actually left me, I never left her. And, secondly, I never left her for anything to do with her weight gain.
‘If that was the case I would have left her months before we split up, because she started putting weight on before that. It had nothing to do with that at all.’
Emily’s family moved back to the UK in July 2017 after Emily was given her diagnosis and set up a GoFundMe page in the hopes of fundraising enough money for her to have access to the pioneering immunotherapy vaccine which will cost £30,000.
The former model has already defied the life expectancy estimated by doctors.