'Today my best friend and soul mate left us' - mum loses cancer battle at age of 31 just weeks after dream wedding
The heartbroken husband of a woman who passed away following her long battle with cancer said he has lost his soulmate.
Lisa Watt (nee Toner), a mother of three young children, died yesterday morning with her husband and mother by her side.
The 31-year-old was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2013 - just 10 days after the birth of her third child.
After undergoing a gruelling ordeal of daily radiotherapy and weekly chemotherapy, the Coalisland, Tyrone mum was given the all-clear.
But a routine scan last year revealed the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. So almost a year on from her first nightmare, she was facing her second.
Despite numerous rounds of treatment she was given the devastating news that her cancer was terminal and that the only life-saving treatment available to her was in America, but it came at a high cost.
Describing how she wasn't ready to leave her babies, the mum launched a fundraising appeal in October to help pay for a potentially life-saving trip to the USA.
But Lisa was admitted to ICU with pneumonia soon after she arrived. Afraid she would die there, the mother returned home to her three children Aaron (12), Ellie (10) and two-year-old Daryl.
Last month she fulfilled one of her dreams and married the love of her life Noel in an emotional ceremony surrounded by family and friends.
Hours after she passed away yesterday, Noel posted a heartfelt tribute to her on Facebook.
"Today I lost my friend, soul-mate and wife. Lisa passed away peacefully at 2.05am love you always baby," he said.
Her best friend and bridesmaid, Justine McMahon told the Belfast Telegraph that she was able to spend some precious moments with her "incredible friend".
"I told her that I'll miss her and that I loved her and she just told me she loved me and then went back to sleep again and that was the last thing she said to me," she said.
"Her wedding day was great but very sad knowing the circumstances and during the whole day she had the oxygen with her but she did really well and she enjoyed herself.
"That's the main thing and it was lovely to see the big smile on her face marrying the man she loved. It was very emotional.
"She was an incredible person, and even when she was going through that and I was in bad form myself, she was messaging me every day asking me how I was. And her lying up dying. She was more concerned about me than she was for herself. That was Lisa all over.
"Her children woke up yesterday morning with no mummy. It's so sad. Noel is devastated, he really has been her rock from the beginning. They adore each other. He's heartbroken.
"At least she's not suffering any more, her kids will be heartbroken but at least they don't have to see their mum sick any more."