KABEGA Park couple Carmen and Warren Jeftha beat cancer and got married at Thunzi Bush Lodge in April.

Accountant Carmen Isaacs, 33, was diagnosed with a rare stomach cancer in January and she began her chemotherapy in March. In January she had surgery done to have her stomach removed.

“They joined the beginning of my intestines to the end of my oesophagus and stuck a tube through my nose so that they could feed me without hurting me,” Carmen said. She lost 30kg of body weight and her hair started falling out.

“When my hair started falling off I wore beanies but I bought a wig for the wedding,” the newly wed said. “Warren asked me to marry him in 2012 so we have been planning our wedding ever since.”

When Carmen was diagnosed with cancer this year, that did not stop them from continuing with their wedding preparations.

The couple were positive throughout even though Carmen was admitted in hospital in January for surgery to her stomach.

“He [Warren] sent out invitations while I was in hospital because we have family overseas and I wanted them to get invitations as soon as possible,” Carmen laughed. “We took it one day at a time and with 110% positivity that we’d get through this.”

It may not be ideal but Carmen and Warren are happier than ever as she is now slowly but surely picking up weight as the operation to remove her stomach was successful. Now the chemotherapy is over and her hair is growing back as well.

Carmen works in the logistics of the exporting of citrus fruits at San Miguel Fruits and Warren, 34, is a financial advisor at Old Mutual and the couple have a two-year-old daughter, Nina.

“We tried to keep things as normal as possible for her by not interfering with her daily routine. She could not see me for 10 days when I started with chemo but she did not really know what was going on. We had to be strong for her sake as well,” Carmen said.

“It was a stressful time, full of uncertainty, but through faith and prayer we are able to overcome whatever is in our path,” Warren said.

Carmen started her chemotherapy in March and her last session was in July. “Everything worked out well because the week of the wedding was my week off chemo, then the Tuesday after the wedding I was back on again.

“I felt surprisingly fine on my wedding day,” she said. “It [cancer] only made our relationship and our faith stronger.”

It may not be ideal but Carmen and Warren are happier than ever as she is now slowly but surely picking up weight as the operation to remove her stomach was successful. Now the chemotherapy is over and her hair is growing back as well.

The couple are grateful that Carmen’s cancer is now in remission and she visits the doctor regularly for check-ups and scans.

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