Hospital bed wedding for brave woman battling rare cancer.
There are so many people helping us on the way - Russians, Chinese, Indonesians, Australians, Malaysians, Thai, Indians. Picture: Tatyana Uvarova
A successful business coach battling a rare form of terminal cancer has defied the odds and held her dream wedding in hospital. Brave Tatyana Uvarova, 27, was given just a week to live after being diagnosed with what was believed to be ovarian cancer in December.
Determined to prove her doctors in Russia wrong, she decided to seek treatment in China, where medics have already said it could be possible to treat her condition.
Four months on she is still fighting for her life, and now she has tied the knot with her boyfriend Andrey Kuznetsov in an emotional ceremony in hospital.
Tatyana, from Vladivostok, said her vows and exchanged rings on her hospital bed before a celebratory party was held by doctors and staff. She was pushed down the aisle in a wheelchair while wearing a beautiful white dress paid for by administration of the $1,000-a-day facility in the Chinese province of Guangzhou.
The conference room was turned into a banquet hall, with Russian food and drink provided.
Tatyana’s room was decorated with balloons and flower petals, and after their big day the couple were treated to a special 'honeymoon' in a special VIP suite.
Tatyana's husband Andrey said they will keep having hope until there is none left. Picture: Tatyana Uvarova
The new bride has been writing a blog on a social network site about her battle with cancer, and has told her followers her health has improved since the wedding.
She wrote: 'On February 17 Andrey proposed and of course I agreed. On February 27 we got married, and a month later, on March 29, we registered our religious marriage and had a celebration. Initially, we wanted it to be a small hospital-room celebration with friends. But as soon as the hospital found out about our wish to get married at the clinic, they offered to use the conference hall, to decorate it and my room, and give us a hand with food and drinks.
'The hospital even paid for my dress…and also gave us a wedding present and gave us a week in a super VIP room. A luxurious suite, really, with two bathrooms, bedroom, lounge, kitchen and guest room, all at the price of an ordinary room, at 330 yuan (2,700 roubles/$53). More importantly, I have started feeling better after the wedding!'
Tatyana went to doctors last summer after experiencing a pain in her leg and after seeing a neurologist no one could see anything suspicious. She then made an appointment with an oncologist and had a MRI scan done and it was found she a cyst, with further tests finding some fluid in her stomach.
Doctors then said she had ovarian cancer and wanted her to begin chemotherapy almost immediately, but she was not convinced by the diagnosis.
She said: 'I had doubts because the checks wouldn’t prove any of the diagnosis with 100 per cent certainty. So I decided it was necessary have an operation and see what’s happening inside. The laparoscopy didn’t confirm a tumour in my ovaries, but surgeons found metastases, though they couldn’t find where did they had come from. In two days I was throwing up, and the doctors thought I had an obstruction in my intestines. They checked my intestines and found a tumour in my belly.
'It was a stage four germ cell tumour. It was in December and the oncologist told me it was necessary to start chemo the following day or I’d die in a week'.
Tatyana Uvarova, 27, from Vladivostok. Picture: Tatyana Uvarova
Tatyana went to an oncology centre at the end of December and was given an examination again and was finally given results on January 27. In the end she decided to start looking overseas for treatment and while several foreign clinics refused to admit her, she eventually chose to go to China.
She said: 'To be honest some clinics refused and were saying it was too late. But look at me, I am still alive'.
Germ cell cancer most commonly is found in the ovaries, but it can in rare instances be found in other parts of the body from when you are developed in the womb.
Tatyana’s diagnosis was particularly difficult to take as she lost her father last year. But she continues to battle on and has been given a psychological boost with her wedding. Her new husband Andrey said they will keep having hope until there is none left.
He said: 'When it all happened, everyone was telling me ‘Andrey, think about it twice, you have a life ahead of you, why are messing around with an ill person?’ 'But this person is someone I love. And I want to have kids with her, and share a happy life. We are fighting. Not too many people believe in us but we do believe, in God and in our victory. It’ll be fine'.
Tatyana’s treatment is costing the couple a lot of money and they will rely on donations and goodwill, but hospital officials have said they are receiving funds to keep looking after her. And, they insist that if the money runs out they will continue to support her.
Sui Xechen, her doctor, said: 'We will keep treating her, because that’s a true symbol of friendship between China and Russia'.
'We are fighting. Not too many people believe in us but we do believe, in God and in our victory'. Picture: Tatyana Uvarova
Following her wedding Tatyana was well enough to get outside for fresh air and a stroll in the hospital park. It has given her hope for the future, whatever that holds.
She said: 'I want to particularly mention there are so many truly wonderful friendly and supportive people around, regardless of their nationality, age and social status.
'There are so many people helping us on the way: Russians, Chinese, Indonesians, Australians, Malaysians, Thai, and Indians. Our story is bringing people together.
'These people tell us that it’s not them helping us, but it’s us helping them to change the world for the best and to learn to hope, and know that everything is possible with a drop of hope and faith'.
She added: 'I say that it’s so important to appreciate every moment of your life, live in the present and appreciate people around you. Stop and feel the moment'.
Should you wish to support Tatyana and her husband Andrey
Bank name: Sberbank Russia, office n8635/0161
Bank address: Vladivostok, Russia
Holder’s account: 42307810150008805950
Holder’s name: Uvarova Tatyana Evgeniyevna
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