From lymphoma to the Louvre: my two-year wait for a honeymoon is over | Leukaemia Foundation

From lymphoma to the Louvre: my two-year wait for a honeymoon is over

Katherine Marshall with her husband

Katherine Marshall was diagnosed with lymphoma several years ago but has finally taken her honeymoon, which included a visit to the Eiffel Tower in France.

Katherine Marshall received the shocking news she had Hodgkin lymphoma the day before her dream wedding – but it will warm your heart to hear how she is doing now.

In 2012, Katherine Marshall was the happiest she’d ever been. She was about to walk down the aisle and marry the love of her life, Luke, and embark on a dream honeymoon to America.

But her dream was shattered the day before her wedding when she was told the lump she had found on her neck the week before was Hodgkin lymphoma. Cue two years of aggressive chemotherapy which took an enormous emotional and physical toll.

During her chemotherapy, Katherine moved into one of our accommodation villages with her husband.

Now 26, Katherine is starting to enjoy the life she had planned with her husband before her diagnosis. She began immunotherapy in March and she celebrated being cancer free for two years in April.

“I see my oncologist James Morton regularly and he has reassured me that everything is going well and I am still cancer free,” Katherine said.

“I’m very happy and excited to have reached the milestone.

“I saw the radiation oncologist earlier this year and it appears I don’t have any leftover negative effects from the radiation.”

Katherine and Luke have some big plans for 2015.

After finally being able to go on their honeymoon to Europe in November, they’re planning on more holidays to Melbourne and Perth as well as the pacific islands in January next year.

“I’ve gone back to work as a lawyer and I’m working every day. It feels so good to be back into that routine,” Katherine said.

“I’m looking forward to living life and what the future holds for us.”

Katherine is supporting our Doorknock appeal, which raises funds for vital research and patient support and accommodation. Learn more about how you can become a Doorknock collector and help Queenslanders like Katherine at

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