Monday 24 October 2016

Tributes for 'princess' Sabrina (32) after she loses cancer fight


Cancer spokesperson Sabrina Ryan died on Saturday
Cancer spokesperson Sabrina Ryan died on Saturday

Praise has poured in for a brave Irish Cancer Society spokeswoman who lost her battle with cancer.

Sabrina Ryan (32) was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer in 2011. Her family said that their "princess fell asleep" on Saturday night.

Originally from Armagh but living in Dublin, Sabrina underwent chemotherapy to fight her illness.

She also took part in a clinical trial to use experimental drugs to fight the disease.

Despite her illness, in August 2011 she married her boyfriend, cyber security analyst Paul Ryan. The loved-up couple celebrated their wedding in The Heritage in Killenard, Co Laois.

Sabrina made a beautiful bride in a white princess gown on her big day.

As she became more and more unwell in recent weeks her family shared pictures of her wedding day with her friends and followers.

She also worked with the Irish Cancer Society on one of their Daffodil Day campaigns in the run up to her wedding.

Though she was battling a serious illness, she went on to set up a fashion and lifestyle website called So She Knows.

On the site she endeavoured to include tips for cancer sufferers about how to cope with things like losing hair and eyebrows.

Sabrina's twin, Donna, raised thousands of euro for the Irish Cancer Society last year when she took part in Shave or Dye with Today FM.

Her family announced the news of Sabrina's death yesterday morning in a post on her popular So She Knows social media account.

"Our princess fell asleep surrounded by her family last night and woke up as an angel in heaven," they wrote.

"Thank you for the most amazing memories! We love you to the moon and back xoxoxo".

Over the weekend dozens of people paid tribute to Sabrina and thanked her for inspiring them since her diagnosis.

"Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. An amazing, strong, brave fighter you were. Sweet dreams Sabrina, it was an honour to know you," one person wrote.

While another wrote: "Sabrina was an inspiration to all who knew her she fought her fight with strength and courage and never gave up."

Sabrina was just 28 when tests revealed that she had a non-small cell signet ring cancer. A non-smoker, she was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer in January 2011.

The first sign that something was wrong was when Sabrina began getting pains in her shoulder.

"I thought it was a tag rugby injury," she said at the time.

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