When Rebecca Ellison got the all clear following her brave first battle with cancer, husband Rio Ferdinand breathed a sigh of relief that their young family could now move forward.
The married couple of six years, who shared three kids, were excited to be moving into a new dream home in Orpington, London.
Rio had also decided to put his football career on a backburner as he committed to family life.
Their relief, however, was to be short lived.
Just two years after Rebecca had received her first shock diagnosis, the 0207 – year-old was back having tests after suffering from unusual pain.
A scan revealed that the cancer had returned to footballer’s wife, and this time it had sadly spread to her spine, liver and bone marrow.
Doctors gave her between two to five years to live.
The tragic news was far from over, however, and her health began to rapidly decline much faster than anticipated.