They dreamed of growing old together as they planned their future.

But life was cruelly cut short for Adam Bradford, just months after getting married to his true love Michelle.

And now his brave wife has opened her heart to tell of her hero and own “Tom Cruise” after he died from a cancerous brain tumour two days before Christmas.

“I totally underestimated the fight he had in him. I supported him to get him through it and held his hand to the end,” said Michelle, 30, of Dunston, Gateshead, as she wiped away her tears.

“But I hated that I couldn’t save him. No matter what I did, I couldn’t stop him from going.”

Adam Bradford, 27, of Dunston, Gateshead, who died of a brain tumour. Pictured on his wedding day to wife Michelle.
Adam Bradford, 27, of Dunston, Gateshead, who died of a brain tumour. Pictured on his wedding day to wife Michelle.

Their romance started in 2012 when Michelle worked in Dorothy Perkins in the MetroCentre and Adam worked at Burtons in the shop below.

Michelle’s daughter Ruby was only three-years-old and she took things slow at first but soon realised Adam “was the one”.

By 2015 the pair moved in together and Adam had swapped jobs to a delivery driver with Tesco in Gateshead.

But it was when he was at work he bent down and got a blinding pain in his head and days later had a seizure in bed.

“They scanned him and they said it was either meningitis on his brain or something else,” said Michelle.

“But it turned out to be something else and within 24 hours they said it was a brain tumour.”

Courageous Adam then had an operation to remove what they could and he was told his cancerous tumour was grade three. He underwent six weeks of radiotherapy and nine months of chemotherapy and his scans fluctuated.

By December 2017 Adam had another seizure and the tumour continued to grow. In December 2018 he underwent second brain surgery and was put on another type of chemo.

“Adam took everything in his stride, he was the most laid back bloke, he always said ‘it is what it is’,” added Michelle.

“We had our goals. We bought our house together in November 2018, planned to get married in June 2019 and we wanted to go on honeymoon.”

The couple tied the knot at the South Causey Inn, near Stanley,County Durham, knowing their time was limited.

Adam Bradford, 27, of Dunston, Gateshead, who died of a brain tumour. Pictured in the Marie Curie Hospice with wife Michelle and stepdaughter Ruby.
Adam Bradford, 27, of Dunston, Gateshead, who died of a brain tumour. Pictured in the Marie Curie Hospice with wife Michelle and stepdaughter Ruby.

“It was a lovely day and we were doing the things we planned. He was adamant that we were going to go on honeymoon and we went to Santorini. It was absolutely beautiful, we had an amazing time.

"We went on a sunset cruise, which was unreal, he enjoyed it so much. We were so much in love but we always knew our time was limited together and this is why we knew we had to pack a lot in.”

But when they were abroad Adam started to get focal seizures and on his return medics increased his medication to keep his seizures under control.

Adam’s health deteriorated and on November 15, 2019 - on his 27th birthday - he went to see his consultant.

And on that day he was admitted to Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle were he stayed until he died.

Michelle added: “He wasn’t well at all, he started using a wheelchair, he was so tired and was absolutely knackered. He realised himself he needed help.

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“Those at Marie Curie were very special. They had their work cut out with him as he would be so cheeky and had fun with them, but they loved him for it.”

Over the following five weeks Adam continued to deteriorate and the family celebrated Christmas on December 13 as they knew his time left was short.

“Ruby loved the day. She knew that Adam wasn’t going to get better but she was her happy little self and she danced around and made sure we had our party hats on.

"Ruby opened some presents in front of Adam and we put a little Christmas tree up in his room.

“But on December 22 I was sleeping next to him and his breathing changed. They asked if they should ring anybody and his mam and dad came and so did mine.

Adam Bradford, 27, of Dunston, Gateshead, who died of a brain tumour. Pictured with wife Michelle on their honeymoon to Santorini.
Adam Bradford, 27, of Dunston, Gateshead, who died of a brain tumour. Pictured with wife Michelle on their honeymoon to Santorini.

“On December 23 he went peacefully in the afternoon, he just fell asleep and went quietly.

"They took his medication lines off and I thought ‘thank God he is at peace’. You could see it in his face that he was at peace now.

"He had fought for almost four years and his fight was finally over. I loved him enough to realise he had to go.”

Michelle didn’t celebrate Christmas but on New Year’s Eve they lit lanterns and set them off over the River Tyne and Michelle and Ruby, now aged 10, read a letter left by Adam.

“I was given the letter at the Marie Curie Hospice but I couldn’t read it straight away,” added Michelle.

“But at New Year we read the letter Adam had written and it confirmed we knew each other inside and out.

"He mentioned Top Gun - our favourite movie - and he said ‘I’d like to think of myself as your very own Tom Cruise’. He even said  ‘I bet that you laugh’ - and I did.”

At the funeral at Saltwell Crematorium they had a special wreath made for car-mad Adam. In the shape of his beloved “bright Hulk green” Corsa VXR Nurburgring, flowers formed the shape of his car.

Adam, who had also completed bike rides for charity, including a one from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas with his dad David for Brain Tumour Research, now leaves the house empty.

“We miss his bad dad jokes and just everything about him,” added Michelle.

“I waited so long for the right person to come along for me and Ruby and then he has been taken away. I feel he was just snatched away from me.

“Ruby is amazing, we talk about him all the time. They had a special bond, they were like two peas in a pod.

Adam Bradford, 27, of Dunston, Gateshead, who died of a brain tumour. Pictured with wife Michelle and stepdaughter Ruby
Adam Bradford, 27, of Dunston, Gateshead, who died of a brain tumour. Pictured with wife Michelle and stepdaughter Ruby

“We still make his cup of tea and take it up to bed for him. His ashes come upstairs to bed and I bring them down with me in the morning.”

When Michelle and Adam went on their Honeymoon in August they had to take out a £2,000 holiday insurance cover.

Ruby’s aunt Catrina Mullen set up a GoFundMe page to raise the money that Michelle is still trying to pay.

Michelle added: “We had nothing but had everything. We put every penny into our bills and the mortgage but we had each other. And I would give it all up to have him back again.

“I can’t tell you how besotted I am with him, I’m obsessed with him and so was Ruby, she absolutely adored him. He was my soulmate and I have to spend the next 40 years without him.”

Anyone wanting to donate can visit the GoFundMe page here.