Hannah Lis, who died in an Earl's Court traffic accident, had shown tremendous bravery after suffering a stroke aged just 11.
Hannah Lis, 23, was just a child when a devastating stroke affected the left side of her body. It meant she walked with a limp and she had very little use of her left arm and hand
Tragically, she died on Wednesday, December 3, at the Old Brompton Road junction with Earl's Court Road, after being hit by a 15 tonne lorry while crossing the road.
She had been studying an open university course in history of art which included learning about Japanese poetry and the history of Burma.
Fiance Gavin Blundell, 28, who was her full-time carer, said Hannah never let her disability get in the way of her life.
"She just carried on. She went through so much in her life and always came out the other side smiling," he said.
They had hoped to marry in Tobago next year. He has now moved out of the flat in Earl's Court Road, which overlooks the scene of the accident, as he feels he cannot remain there.
Ms Lis was born in Leicester and spent her childhood moving around the country with her father, Peter Lis, whom she was very close to.
She met Gavin in a houseshare in Warwick and the couple had lived together ever since, later moving to Earl's Court. They had been engaged for three years.
Mr Blundell has happy memories of a recent holiday the couple had taken to the Gambia in Africa, returning two weeks before the accident happened.
"The best thing about the holiday was her reaction to the people there. She was so relaxed and enjoyed it so much."
He added: "Our lives were really centred around each other. I want to say I love her, and life's not the same without her."
June 12, 1985 - December 3, 2008