Love trusts, hopes, perseveres

A terminally ill cancer patient has been granted her dying wish to go home to spend precious time with her husband of 60 years.

After three months in Mount Druitt Hospital's palliative care ward, Jean Furlong, 81, returned to her Blacktown home three weeks ago.

She recently renewed her vows with husband Bob in front of family, friends and hospital staff.

"It means a heck of a lot to still be in love after 60 years," she told the Star.

"I don't know how much time I've got left with him. I would marry him again tomorrow if I could. I'd love to be able to look after and cook for Bob but I can't even do that."

Mrs Furlong was diagnosed with bowel cancer 12 months ago.

Radiation hasn't stop the cancer from spreading to her bladder, bloodstream and lungs.

Her husband, 83, has also battled cancer for three years and is now confined to a wheelchair.

"My cancer was as big as a tennis ball," Mrs Furlong said.

"I couldn't believe it. I wanted to get well so I could make my husband well."

It was love at first sight when the couple first met on Pyrmont Bridge.

"He was a seaman and his ship was setting sail the next day," Mrs Furlong said.

"I got his details and we stayed in touch while he was away. I'd encourage young couples to stick with it and not give up."

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