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An 'vibrant and courageous' wife who beat breast cancer has died from the disease after it returned years later.
Natasha Cox, from Pembrokeshire, was diagnosed in 2016, after noticing changes to her nipple and breast but was given the all clear that year after treatment.
However, in 2021, the 36-year-old began suffering from pain in her chest and found out that the cancer had returned and spread to her bones and lungs.
In a bid to access a wider array of treatments privately, friends and family created a £100,000 fundraiser in November in the hopes of paying for alternative therapies.
However, Natasha died last week — just days after qualifying as a solicitor — after £84,000 had been raised.
In a tribute posted on her Facebook page, her family said: 'If love could have saved you — you would have been here forever'.
Natasha Cox, from Pembrokeshire, was diagnosed in 2016, after noticing changes to her nipple and breast but was given the all clear that year after treatment
However, in 2021, the 36-year-old (pictured with husband Martin) began suffering from pain in her chest and found out that the cancer had returned and spread to her bones and lungs
Natasha noticed changes to her nipple and a hardening down the left side her breast and went to see her GP, who referred her for further tests.
Biopsies results on March 7, 2016 confirmed that she had oestrogen and progesterone positive and HER2 breast cancer.
Around 55,900 people in the UK and 297,800 in the US are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
Natasha underwent chemotherapy, surgery and 16 sessions of radiotherapy, which rid her of the cancer and she was given the all-clear later that year.
She continued to take tamoxifen, a type of hormone therapy that women are typically advised to take for five or more years after cancer surgery.
The tablet stops oestrogen from binding to oestrogen-receptor-positive cancer cells.
After falling in love with electrician Martin, she stopped taking tamoxifen to check her fertility.
While the ovaries continue to work in women taking the drug, it causes periods to become less regular or stop altogether.
Women are advised not to get pregnant while taking tamoxifen and warned that it may take four to five months for periods to become regular after coming off it.
It was then she suffered 'indescribable' pain in her sternum — the breastbone — that wouldn't ease with painkillers. She also developed a cough.
Natasha said she knew something was 'very wrong' and was rushed for testing in April 2021, which revealed that she had secondary breast cancer — meaning it had returned and spread to another part of the body, in this case the sternum and lungs.
Natasha married Martin two months later, surrounded by family and friends, and