Anna Swabey was just 23-years-old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
She was told she had three years to live.
After her diagnosis, Swabey did two things:
- She downloaded Tinder and fell in love with a man called Andy Bell
- Started her blog, Inside My Head, which turned into an international sensation
Anna’s blog turned from a way to grieve her limited time on earth to a community with a strong following, each reader connected to her personal story.
Despite her doctor’s expectations that she would be dead soon, Anna announced that she was engaged to Andy in December of 2015.
They set the date for September 17, 2016.
The 25-year-old had been madly planning the wedding of her dreams, with her health looking fairly optimistic, until last Sunday.
Writing on her blog, Anna’s older sister Victoria said she had been barely conscious for the past few days.
“…Anna’s deterioration was so sudden, she was sleeping constantly and we truly thought that we wouldn’t get her back from that,” Victoria wrote.
“We have a few lucid moments with her every now and then, and we are so thankful that she is comfortable and relatively pain-free. We can all take comfort in the fact that Anna is exactly where she wants to be, surrounded by her close family and friends.”
Today was meant to be Anna’s wedding day – September 17th.
But last night, her family made the heartbreaking announcement that their darling friend, daughter, sister, and fiancee had passed away.
“Anna passed away peacefully in the early hours of this morning. I cannot put into words the heartbreak we all feel,” they wrote on her Facebook page.