VIDEO: My "perfect tribute" to terminally ill husband - couple renew wedding vows after wife's Race For Life

Maria Hobbs with her husband Lloyd

Maria Hobbs with her husband Lloyd

Maria with her family after taking part in the Bournemouth Race for Life

First published in News

A DEVOTED wife ran Race for Life before rushing home to renew her vows with her terminally ill husband in the “perfect tribute” to the love of her life.

Maria Hobbs and her 64-year-old husband Lloyd, who has incurable brain cancer, renewed their wedding vows in the garden of their Christchurch home on June 15.

Maria said: “This was my tribute to him. He has been absolutely remarkable. He is an amazing man and has never complained once.”

The ceremony was organised in just three days after Lloyd, who was diagnosed with a grade four tumour in May last year, told a friend he’d like to renew his vows for the couple’s 14th wedding anniversary.

“Last year Lloyd was in the Macmillan unit at Christchurch Hospital and I told him hurry up and get better so we could renew our vows,” Maria said.

“This year my friend asked him what he would like to do for our anniversary and he said we were renewing our vows. At first she didn’t tell me because she thought it would upset me.”

After hearing about Lloyd’s wish the following week, Maria immediately got to work planning their big day.

“All the family were coming down for the race, all the children and the grandchildren, so I thought why not do it on the same day,” she said.

“It was Father’s Day as well so it was very apt.”

Maria raised £3,000 for Cancer Research UK after completing the 10km race with her daughter and step-daughter before returning home for the ceremony.

Describing her husband as her “soul mate and best friend”, she said: “If we had spent weeks trying to put it together it couldn’t have been any better.

“It was a magical day.”

Warning over signs of brain cancer

MARIA Hobbs is now calling for more people to be aware of the symptoms of brain cancer following her husband’s sudden diagnosis.

“He was diagnosed completely out of the blue,” she said.

“A lot of people we have met through the way say they had headaches and things but Lloyd didn’t have anything like that.”

The couple first realised something was wrong when Maria noticed slight changes in Lloyd’s personality and memory lapses.

She said: “He was a little bit short which was totally out of character but the main one was memory loss.”

The 58-year-old is now calling on anyone who thinks they may have experienced similar symptoms to go to their doctor.

She said: “If you don’t feel right and you think you have any of the signs just go to your GP.”

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5:37pm Wed 2 Jul 14

misplacedspaniard says...

I knew he had brain cancer as soon as I saw his picture.

I lost a boyfriend to a brain tumour. He was 32. The symtoms were headaches but it all depends on which part of the brain is affected. Everyone is different. This makes me cry. He looks as though he's had radiotherapy and steroids.

When I die I want to go quickly please I don't want to be told it's going to happen then be waiting for the inevitable. Poor brave man.
I knew he had brain cancer as soon as I saw his picture. I lost a boyfriend to a brain tumour. He was 32. The symtoms were headaches but it all depends on which part of the brain is affected. Everyone is different. This makes me cry. He looks as though he's had radiotherapy and steroids. When I die I want to go quickly please I don't want to be told it's going to happen then be waiting for the inevitable. Poor brave man. misplacedspaniard
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5:51pm Wed 2 Jul 14

mcwebby says...

Lots of love to Maria and Lloyd thinking of you. Celia and Andy
Lots of love to Maria and Lloyd thinking of you. Celia and Andy mcwebby
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5:52pm Wed 2 Jul 14

LJT1966 says...

My best wishes to Maria and Lloyd. I have spoken to them both when working for the palliative care team from which I have sadly moved on now. Glad you had a lovely day and some memories. X
My best wishes to Maria and Lloyd. I have spoken to them both when working for the palliative care team from which I have sadly moved on now. Glad you had a lovely day and some memories. X LJT1966
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9:00pm Wed 2 Jul 14

loveshack says...

Before Lloyd was diagnosed he was being treated for quite some time for depression. The doctors also thought Lloyd might be suffering from either a stroke or alzheimers. I think we could have possibly coped with one of those illnesses but to finally be diagnosed with a grade 4 gliblastoma brain tumour was just devastating as its incurable. So please, please if anyone has any signs of either forgetfulness regarding very important matters or show signs of a stroke then go straight to your doctors and demand an MRI scan.
Before Lloyd was diagnosed he was being treated for quite some time for depression. The doctors also thought Lloyd might be suffering from either a stroke or alzheimers. I think we could have possibly coped with one of those illnesses but to finally be diagnosed with a grade 4 gliblastoma brain tumour was just devastating as its incurable. So please, please if anyone has any signs of either forgetfulness regarding very important matters or show signs of a stroke then go straight to your doctors and demand an MRI scan. loveshack
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10:52pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Fuscia67 says...

I have nothing to say apart from well done, thank you for raising awareness of this silent disease and I'm so pleased you both were able to enjoy your very special day. Hopefully, reading this will put many things into perspective.
I have nothing to say apart from well done, thank you for raising awareness of this silent disease and I'm so pleased you both were able to enjoy your very special day. Hopefully, reading this will put many things into perspective. Fuscia67
  • Score: 1

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