Matthew Stride


Matthew Stride, 27, popped the question in October 2016 during the holiday of a lifetime to Dubai. His girlfriend Sarah, described it as the “perfect proposal” and said yes. Matthew’s parents were in the Middle East along with his sister and brother and their partners to join the celebrations. A year earlier Matthew was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour and told he could have as little as five years to live. Now, he and Sarah are determined to make every moment count.


“Although we had only been together a few months when I was diagnosed, Sarah has always stuck by me and been the most amazing support through everything. She is the one I want to spend the rest of my life with – however long the rest of my life might be. When I dared voice a doubt about whether it was right for me to ask her to commit to marrying me when I have limited time she told me not to be stupid. I think we would have got engaged in due course anyway but living with a brain tumour helped to speed up the process. We hope to marry in 2018 and Sarah is already planning the day.” Matthew tells his story…

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