Photo-Features helped publish Mel’s courageous story in Love It magazine.  It was told  in her own words  and ran across two editions of the magazine. Brave Mel wanted other Women to  be aware of the symptoms of Bowell cancer and not mistake the symptoms for diet and exercise like she did.


Her toyboy had transformed her love life and her body, but just when life was perfect, Mel was given devastating news that left her convinced he wouldn’t want her anymore.

But far from leaving her – Mel’s toyboy proposed and despite being told she is dying, the happy couple wed and are determined to have as much fun as possible.

After her divorce, mum of two Mel had fallen in love with a toyboy. A hunky body builder eleven years her junior, he’d help her to lose weight and tone her body beyond her widest dreams.

Now in the best shape of her life with a gorgeous toy boy on her arm, Mel, 46, was the happiest she had ever been.

But her new life had masked the symptoms of a horrible disease and just as Mel’s new perfect life was complete, she was given the devastating news she had bowel cancer.

She had out the symptoms – tiredness and weight loss – down to her punishing exercise and diet. It had given her the amazing body she had now but hidden the illness until it was too late.

She feared her young toyboy wouldn’t want her anymore. Especially when she underwent surgery, which involved having her rectum sew up, and fitted with a colostomy bag.

She urged him to meet younger women but insisted he wanted to be at her side as she battled chemo and radiotherapy. He even asked her to have their relationship blessed.

Delighted Mel accepted. But more bad news followed and she was told her condition was terminal.

That’s when Kristian popped the question again and within a week the couple married at a local registry office.

Then a few weeks later they jetted abroad for a dream beach wedding with family and friends.

Because despite being told she will not have a long future with her toy boy, brave Mel is determined to enjoy the time they do have together as man and wife.

She is also keen to raise awareness of bowel cancer to help save other women who may mistake the symptoms for diet and exercise as she did.