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Kent ME sufferer Jessica Taylor determined to walk for wedding

Samuel Bearman and Jessica Taylor
Image caption Samuel Bearman and Jessica Taylor plan to marry next year

A woman is planning to walk down the aisle on her wedding day despite being bed-ridden for almost half her life.

Jessica Taylor suffers debilitating fatigue and painful muscles caused by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

The 25-year-old, of Cliffe Woods, Kent, met Samuel Bearman, 24, through friends and they plan to marry next year.

She is working with a physiotherapist in her bid to walk again, and said the wedding would be a "dream come true".

"I've tried to defy doctors. They've given me boundaries and I've tried to extend those boundaries as much as possible," she said.

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Image caption Jessica Taylor and her father met Kelly Tolhurst at the Houses of Parliament

Mr Bearman said his fiancee was much more than just "someone stuck in a bed".

Ms Taylor added: "There's still a life you can live and it's not wasted years."

Two years ago, with her sister Ruby, Ms Taylor started a charity called Share a Star, which supports sick children who spend their lives indoors.

Last month she was invited to the Houses of Parliament to talk to her local MP, Kelly Tolhurst, about its work.

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