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Partners diagnosed tumours just weeks apart

A loving boyfriend who helped his partner through the surgery to remove her brain tumour was tragically diagnosed with one himself just weeks later.

Dean Goddard, 29, and his partner Francesca Bryant, 28, were hit with the double tragedy just weeks apart, and are now helping each other through recovery.

Remarkably the couple, who live together, remain positive despite the heartbreaking last 12 months.

Francesca, who works as a buyer for F&F, suffers from Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, which can cause malignant and benign tumours across her body including her eyes, kidney and spinal cord.

Dean Goddard, 29, and his partner Francesca Bryant, 28, were hit with the double tragedy just weeks apart

Francesca (left, with Dean), who works as a buyer for F&F, suffers from Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, which can cause malignant and benign tumours across her body

Francesca (left, with Dean), who works as a buyer for F&F, suffers from Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, which can cause malignant and benign tumours across her body

She was diagnosed with the syndrome, which is usually inherited, aged 15, but last year doctors found a tumour in her brain which had to be removed as soon as possible.

Just weeks after her surgery, boyfriend Dean from Royston, Cambridge, was diagnosed with a tumour in his optic nerve after experiencing vision problems.

‘I was seeing patches over my eyes,’ he said. ‘I knew something wasn’t right. I was having lots of tests and the doctors thought that it might be MS.

‘But when my results got back they had a consultants meeting, and that’s when they realised it was a tumour.

‘Where it is in my eye they can’t operate, because it would mean I’d lose my sight. It’s also just too risky. They also told me that if I didn’t do anything, I would be dead in two or three years.

Just weeks after her surgery, boyfriend Dean from Royston, Cambridge, was diagnosed with a tumour in his optic nerve

Just weeks after her surgery, boyfriend Dean from Royston, Cambridge, was diagnosed with a tumour in his optic nerve

Dean, an estate agent, had support from Macmillan during his treatment, as he was forced to take significant time off work

Dean, an estate agent, had support from Macmillan during his treatment, as he was forced to take significant time off work

‘I’ve had six weeks of radiotherapy which has worked to some extent although my eyesight is damaged.

‘I know I’m stuck with the tumour now, but take each day as it comes.’

The couple, who have been together for nine years, rallied round each other while they were receiving treatment, and were supported by family and friends as well as receiving help from charities.

Dean, an estate agent, had support from Macmillan during his treatment, as he was forced to take significant time off work.

The couple have now decided to give back by organising a charity ball in St Neot’s to raise money for VHL UK / Ireland and Macmillan Cancer Support with the help of staunch friend Gina McLean.

The couple, who have been together for nine years, rallied round each other while they were receiving treatment

The couple, who have been together for nine years, rallied round each other while they were receiving treatment

Francesca was diagnosed with the syndrome, which is usually inherited, aged 15, but last year doctors found a tumour in her brain

Francesca was diagnosed with the syndrome, which is usually inherited, aged 15, but last year doctors found a tumour in her brain

‘We received a lot of help and now want to raise money for these causes,’ Dean said.

‘We’ve had a really good response but the more people who can come, the better. It’s been a tough year, but hopefully things are looking up.’

Tickets for the black tie event on October 21 at Wyboston Lakes, which includes a three-course dinner, are on sale for the next two weeks and are £30 per person.

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