Mum who battled cancer hopes to win cash to transform garden ready for wedding reception

Michaela and Ian's garden. The couple hope it can be transformed for their big day.
Michaela and Ian's garden. The couple hope it can be transformed for their big day.

A mum who has battled cancer after doctors found a nine pound cyst inside her is hoping to win £1,000 to help get her dreary garden ready to host her wedding reception.

Michaela Vernau was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May last year and had a full hysterectomy.

The scan showed I had a nine pound nine-inch cyst and after I had a full hysterectomy they told me it was cancerous

Michaela Vernau

After losing her mother in October, and caring for her daughter after she had a stroke, the dedicated mum is hoping to land a cash prize to help make her big day with partner Ian extra special.

“It’s been an absolutely awful year for us and I can’t believe how much we’ve been through,” Michaela said.

“But we want our wedding day to be lovely and we really want to be able to hold our reception in the garden.”

Michaela, 48, has entered MyBuilder.com’s ‘win a grand for your garden’ competition and the public vote closed yesterday (Wednesday). The company will provide a tradesman to carry out the work for the lucky winner.

The couple started work on their garden in January to allow plenty of time to get it done by the time the big day came around on July 25. But issues soon surfaced and the work is still going on 17 weeks later.

Speaking of her battle with ovarian cancer, Michaela said: “I had my own cleaning business but had to stop it to look after my daughter after her stroke.

“After a while I went back to work at a company I’d been to before and I thought I was putting on a lot of weight because I was sat still at a desk rather than cleaning.

“I went to the doctors and they said it looked like I was 36 weeks pregnant - which obviously I wasn’t! The scan showed I had a nine pound nine-inch cyst and after I had a full hysterectomy they told me it was cancerous.

“Thankfully we caught it early but it’s something that is always on my mind and never really goes away.”

Ian and Michaela, who met on an online dating site and have been together for four years, are hoping to put up new fencing, tidy up decking areas, improve the lawn, level the side of the garden with concrete and add steps.

Speaking of how they met, Michaela said: “We got chatting on the website and eventually we decided to meet up.

“It turned out we went to the same infant school and our mums knew each other - it was so strange.

“I guess some things are just meant to be.”