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Terminally-ill Wicklow bride makes emotional appeal to women over ovarian cancer symptoms

A bride-born bride is married on Friday and has an emotional appeal to women who are aware of the symptoms.

Mum-of-two Tina Potts is not well known about ovarian cancer, which she describes as a "silent killer".

She is due to wed fiance Johnny Harris today.

The ceremony was arranged in just three weeks with help from
generous supporters. Tina, from Wicklow town, said: “We always put it off – we'll do it next year. But there is no next year. ”

The 40-year-old has been given a 30% chance of living until Christmas.

Tina Potts, whose cancer cancer diagnosis has forced her to bring forward her wedding with her husband to be Johnny Harris

Her cancer was diagnosed at late stage because of unusual symptoms, which included fatigue, bloating, bowel changes and build-up of fluid in her abdomen.

Speaking to Virgin Media News on Thursday, Tina said: “It’s okay because I have memory boxes and photos.

"If you have concerns, if you have worries, if any of the sound familiar, get, and pelvic exams, have the ultrasound done and get a CA 125 test done [which looks for early signs of ovarian cancer], just for your peace of mind.

"And if your doctor says,‘ Look, you’re being a bit dramatic here, I think you have a cold ’, that doesn’t matter. Fight for it now, do it now. And no matter what you are, do it now because if you don't, if you trust what they say and they know best, you can go back.

Tina Potts, cancer cancer

Coincidentally, Tina and Johnny's wedding is taking place on Daffodil Day, which aims to raise cancer awareness.

And she said if her situation can encourage one other woman to get checked out, she will be happy.

Tina added: “All those symptoms – if we just had known then what we know now would be here.

"And I wouldn't have to do my own will or sorting out funeral."

  • Today is Daffodil Day to buy daffodil to help raise funds to support cancer patients and their families across Ireland. See cancer.ie for details.

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