A MUCH-loved grandmother, credited with boosting the spirits of fellow cancer sufferers, has lost her own battle with the disease.
Roseann Potts has been described by those who knew her as an “amazing woman” as, while trying to overcome the disease herself, she continued to give hope to others.
The 51-year-old, who died at her home in Jarrow, was one of the first people to seek help from South Tyneside charity Cancer Connections after being diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2006.
Battling back to health gave Mrs Potts a calling in life, according to her husband of 26 years, Danny.
Mrs Potts, a former retail worker with the River Island chain, decided not to go back to work there, instead retraining as a reiki therapist.
After gaining her qualifications, she did volunteer work at the charity, which had supported her through her own cancer battle, before becoming a member of its staff.
It was a role in which the mum of one thrived.
During her time at Cancer Connections, she met Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall and Paralympic gold medallist Josef Craig, who both stayed in touch with the grandmother.
Jade even sent Roseann a text to let her know she was thinking of her just days before she lost her cancer battle.
Mr Potts said: “Roseann was such a warm, kind person. She never had a bad word to say about anyone.
“When she was diagnosed with cancer, it really knocked her back, but she was ready for the battle.
“When she was given the all-clear, she decided she didn’t want to go back to work, and she re-trained to be a reiki therapist. It gave her so much confidence and she became a different person.
“She just loved people, and she was always busy. She had such a rapport with people, and when they came to her, she could identify with them. I think that’s what they loved about her. She just had an amazing gift with people.”
Mrs Potts was diagnosed with the disease for a second time in 2010, this time cancer of the bowel, and despite battling her hardest, it was a fight she was unable to win.
A service was held for the grandmother of one at St Bede’s Church in Jarrow last week.
Mr Potts said: “Roseann’s death has left us all devastated. She was just an amazing person.
“It was really nice to see everyone turn out to say goodbye.”
Cancer Connections chairman Reg Hall said: “Roseann had a special gift, which, it seems, she was unaware of for many years.
“Within months of her becoming a volunteer with us, and later a member of staff, she became a much-loved and greatly-appreciated member of our team of complementary therapists.
“Roseann left us far too soon. She had so much to give and wanted to go on giving, but in the few short years that she was allowed, her lovely, caring, radiant personality and the magic she shared through her hands has helped many, many people whose lives would have been much harder and much poorer without her.
“I just want to say on behalf of everyone at Cancer Connections, Roseann, we thank you, we will miss you, we will remember you, and we will love you always.”
Roseann leaves behind husband Danny, daughter Danielle and grand-daughter Ava-Rose.
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