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Cancer Survival Story: “We Didn’t Think I’d Make Our 1st Anniversary. Today Is Our 20th.”

A happy couple smiling on their wedding day.

Love truly does conquer all — just ask cancer survivor Clare Runacres! This BBC newsreader shared the most beautiful story about her marriage on X. After meeting the love of her life, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Although she and her husband-to-be were worried about how much time they would have together, they still decided to go for it. Two decades later, they couldn’t be happier!

Posting on X as @ClareNews2, the journalist shared some gorgeous photos from her wedding day six months after her cancer diagnosis. Even though the weight of this bad news was hanging over the otherwise joyful occasion, you can see the bride and groom smiling and laughing in the pictures.

“Six months before this photo the cancer I’d had at university had returned,” Clare Runacres wrote in her caption. “It was aggressive. There was no further treatment. We got married very quickly, not knowing how long we’d have. We didn’t think I’d make our 1st anniversary. Today is our 20th.”

She also added that, despite everything, her wedding was an incredibly happy one.

“It was a beautiful day. Full of love and tears,” the journalist recalled. “Surrounded by our closest friends and family, we put our fears aside and danced til dawn. Even now I can’t look at the photos without feeling that raw emotion. To reach 20 years feels like a miracle.”

Cancer couldn’t stop Clare Runacres from choosing love.

Because of her cancer, neither Clare Runacres nor her husband knew how long they were going to have together. Now, she’s so grateful that they decided to get married anyway!

“Mikey, thank you for taking a chance on me,” she wrote to her husband in the post. “You’re the best person I know. You are my miracle. For those living with cancer — keep hoping, believing, dreaming.”

Clare Runacres didn’t think she had much time left on this earth, but she still put everything she had into her relationship while she had the chance. Then, she beat the odds by surviving, giving her 20 years with her husband so far. What an incredible love story!

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