Life

By Chris Jaffray


A determined cancer sufferer is travelling the UK to have ‘chemo in cool places’ – taking her pills in unusual spots from prisons and castles to aboard boats.

 Keen sailor Chrissie Jackson, 46, was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic bowel cancer in January this year while she was taking part in the fifth leg of the Clipper Round World Race.

PIC FROM Mercury Press: Chrissie Jackson, 46, on the Clipper Round the World Yacht in Portsmouth

Chrissie, originally from Warrington, Cheshire, but now living in Newquay, Cornwall, has since taken her chemotherapy pills in all manner of strange and unusual places to boost awareness – from Navy frigate HMS Kent and even while in a police cell after being arrested.

 And Chrissie said there is ‘almost no limits’ to the places where she will take her prescribed chemotherapy medicine twice a day to boost her new charity, Chrissie’s Sunshine Appeal, and to make the most of every day.

PIC FROM Mercury Press: Chrissie Jackson, 46, at HMP , Kent

Chrissie said: “From very early on after hearing the shocking news, I decided that this wasn’t something that was going to get me down.

“Having to take chemotherapy pills twice a day regardless, I thought ‘why not make the best of it and take it in places where I normally wouldn’t have been’?

“How many people can say that they’ve done chemo on a war ship? Not many!

PIC FROM Mercury Press: Chrissie Jackson, 46, on the Clipper Round the World Yacht in Portsmouth

“I’m certainly doing my very best to create lemonade out of the lemons life has given me.”

Chrissie has also taken her tablets with Take That, with future ‘chemo in cool places’ plans including on the Eden Project’s Zip Wire, on Wimbledon’s Centre Court and while sailing across the Pacific Ocean.

Her goal is to raise as much money as possible for good causes across Cornwall which are close to her heart.

PIC FROM Mercury Press: Chrissie Jackson, 46,

Having raised  from Australia to China in the fifth leg of the Clipper Round the World Race last year, Chrissie was about to set sail in the next race from China to Seattle when she first became unwell and required immediate medical care.

Despite having to cut her Clipper journey short, she said the competition gave her the ability to push herself to her mental and physical limits.

Chrissie added: “My late father always said ‘there is no such word as can’t’ and this became a motto I fully embraced, making me all the more determined to fight with all my strength and enjoy life to the fullest. 

PIC FROM Mercury Press: Chrissie Jackson, 46, with police at HMP, Kent

 “I feel like the last two years of my life has been helping me train for this journey without me even knowing it.

“Both training for and participating in The Clipper Race gave me the confidence to push myself to my absolute limits and all the skills and life lessons are now being transferred into this new chapter of life.” 

To donate: go to http://chrissiessunshineappeal.com