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22 September 2017
The newlyweds on their wedding day last year. Shannon Jones says her cancer is in remission and she is off to her long-delayed honeymoon. Photo:  ABC News
The newlyweds on their wedding day last year. Shannon Jones says her cancer is in remission and she is off to her long-delayed honeymoon. Photo: ABC News

Honeymoon a year late for cancer patient, nothing else matters

Whatever delayed her honeymoon is all in the past now, but a woman from Redding, Connecticut, continues to reflect on it with a sense of achievement.

“It’s wonderful to be healthy again and to feel like a human again,” Shannon Jones, a 28-year-old kindergarten teacher, told ABC News.

At the time of her wedding in July last year, Jones was diagnosed with cancer four months to the big day.

Jones and her oncologist wanted to postpone it but the guest list had grown so much the idea presented its own set of problems.

When she finally decided to go ahead, she was told chemotherapy would make her hair fall out and she will experience unpleasant side effects.

But when you have a woman who has dreamed of walking down the aisle in her mother’s veil since she was two, cancer and a bald head are not the end of the world.  

Jones worked with her doctors to schedule her chemotherapy appointments so that the wedding would fall into an off-week when she would be feeling healthier.

“I was feeling as good as I could feel,” she said. “It was a nice break and something nice to look forward to,” she told the network.

And as the big day approached, Jones said the flurry of medical appointments and chemotherapy sessions made her stop worrying about small details and focus on what mattered.

That was nearly a year ago.

Jones’ cancer is in remission and she and her husband Jeff O’Hara are finally off to their honeymoon.

And all those distractions? “I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said.

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