Two months after Larissa Podermanski got engaged, she found a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.
The then-30-year-old thought a double mastectomy would provide a cure, but two weeks later a scan revealed the cancer had metastasized to her back and liver, meaning it is incurable and will likely kill her in three years.
Devastated, and refusing to let the diagnosis ruin their wedding day, Larissa and her childhood sweetheart Martin decided to get married within a week on a beach near their home in Kensington, Connecticut.
Larissa, who is adopted, worried her cancer would’ve been caught earlier if she knew her family history. But she is now trying to push that out of her mind as she embarks on trying any experimental treatments that could prolong her life.
Daily Mail Online spoke with the 31-year-old about her fight with cancer and her bid to raise awareness about people with an incurable diagnosis.