Sky’s Jo Wilson ‘feared she’d have to cancel wedding’ amid chemo side effects

Sky Sports presenter Jo Wilson looked every inch the glowing bride as she exchanged vows with her new husband Dan in an intimate surprise wedding ceremony, with two-year-old daughter Mabel at their sides.

But just days before their magical wedding at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London, the 38-year-old was so ill with side effects from chemotherapy for stage 3 cervical cancer, she feared she would struggle to make it down the aisle.

She said: "We picked the date because it was just over three weeks after my treatment ended, so I hoped that I’d be feeling a bit better.

"Two days before the wedding I still wasn’t so I got upset. I worried about getting through the day. But when it arrived the adrenaline kicked in, which helped."

After enduring weeks of gruelling treatment after her shock diagnosis in the summer, the Scottish TV star relished the chance to be pampered for her big day.

She said: "It was so special getting dressed up and having my make-up done as I haven’t for so long. During treatment it took all my strength to simply shower and get dressed for hospital some days. I lived in hoodies and leggings. Trust me, I didn’t look like this during treatment!

"Even my smiles mask what’s still going on right now to be honest – but mainly it was nice to forget about it and be in the moment on the day."

The newlyweds, who met in a bar in Fulham six years ago, opted for a low key honeymoon to give Jo a chance to get some much-needed rest.

She said: "We didn’t want to go too far. I’m still not feeling great. We kept it lowkey for three nights. Dan, Mabel and I stayed at The Newt in Somerset, a gorgeous Georgian country manor. We managed some walks around the grounds, had some nice food and relaxed in the spa.

"Sounds boring but it was just what I needed. Bed by 9pm has become the new norm. We woke up in the morning and said, 'Hey hubby, hey wife' which made us smile."

Jo admits she is feeling "pretty wiped up" but is feeling hopeful for the future.

She said: "I’m surviving on afternoon naps, but it’s improving. I’ve got my appetite back, but I’m still suffering from brain fog which is connected to tiredness.

"The first couple of weeks after treatment I didn’t want to get out of bed and it still takes effort to do things, although I went to the supermarket on my own last week which felt like an achievement."


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