BRIDE-TO-BE Michelle Maddison is looking forward to her wedding weekend after years of heartache.
The mum-of-three cannot quite believe she is finally going to say “I do” after all she has been through.
Michelle, 29, put her wedding plans on hold while son Tyler, nine, spent years battling cancer.
Then, just as her youngest was given the all-clear, her oldest, Jack, 11, was knocked down and seriously injured in a road accident.
Now Michelle, of Easington Lane, has been nominated for the Echo’s I Love Mum competition. If she wins, she will be crowned Sunderland’s top mum just 24 hours after she gets married to partner Gregg, 31.
She said: “It’s been a horrific few years, but finally things seem to be sorting themselves out, and we’re all looking forward to the wedding a week on Saturday.”
Tyler, a Hetton Lyons Primary School pupil, was diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumour in June 2006. Then a toddler, he battled through operations and chemotherapy. Although he will be on medication for the rest of his life, he has made a full recovery.
Jack, a pupil at Hetton School, had to be airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle when he was knocked off his bike last year. He suffered bleeding on his brain, two broken bones in his ankle and tissue damage to his elbow. He also smashed some of his teeth, with others going through his lip.
Michelle, who works at Gentoo, said: “He still has some memory problems, mainly with his language. He uses the wrong words sometimes. Physically he is fine, but psychologically he is struggling.”
Michelle, also mother to the boys’ sister Kaci-Mae, four, also had a car accident herself.
“I blacked out when I was driving and crashed into a lorry on the A19,” she said.
“Fortunately, I walked away unhurt, but it just seemed like a nightmare end to a nightmare few years.”
It was Jack who wrote to the Echo to nominate his mum for our Mother’s Day competition. He said: “I know she worries about us a lot, and she never ever does anything for herself or puts herself first. She just runs around after us all of the time.
“Mam and dad are getting married, and I think this will be a great wedding present for her.”
Michelle and Gregg, a mechanic, are taking their family and friends up to Gretna Green for next weekend’s ceremony.