A BRIDE who is battling cystic fibrosis will have her wedding day dreams come true.
The biggest day beckons for Dawn Braham who will marry fiance Geof Patterson, the man she describes as the rock who keeps her positive when her fight with cystic fibrosis (CF) becomes difficult to bear.
Dawn, 43, faces a daily dose of 60 tablets and two bouts of physiotherapy to cope with the condition.
She only has around 70 per cent capacity of a person with healthy lungs and admitted: “I do have breathing problems and I am prone to lung infections but I just try to get on with my life.
“It is no use standing there and feeling sorry for myself.”
The couple were a whisker away from winning the 2012 Bride of the Year competition, run by the Hartlepool Mail in conjunction with Robert Usher Photography, when they reached the grand finals.
But now their dreams will become reality for Dawn and Geof, 41, who met around five years ago
Dawn, a mobile beauty therapist and mum to Dan Braham, 23, has a form of CF that affects her lungs and leaves her with a permanent chest infection. The couple first met in October 2007 during a night out in Hartlepool.
“It was love at first sight. We hit it off straight away and spent the rest of the evening talking, laughing and getting to know each other,” Dawn previously told the Mail.
They had their first date at the cinema the next day and Dawn added: “I was on cloud nine and so excited.”
Now, as she prepares to walk down the aisle, she admitted: “It will probably be a day of tears but Geof is so laid back he will probably take it all in his stride.”
Dawn has had numerous health battles.
As well as CF, Dawn also has diabetes – but a third health battle was the spur for her and Geof to decide they wanted to marry.
In September, 2011, Dawn had a cancer scare after finding a lump in her left breast. She was sent to James Cook University Hospital for a mammogram, scan and biopsy. When she got the all clear Geof suggested that they should tie the knot.
The couple were also the first customers of the new click-and-collect service at the Hartlepool Asda store.
The store’s community colleague Joanne Tweddle said the couple used the service to book bubbly and other items.
Joanne said: “We are quite excited that we have been part of their big day.”