Friends of a Clitheroe cancer sufferer are hoping to smash a £3k fund-raising goal so that the much-loved mum-of-one and her husband can enjoy a long-awaited honeymoon.
Krissy Johnson (47), who has incurable stage four breast cancer, is renewing her wedding vows with husband Mark (45) in October on their 25th wedding anniversary.
“We booked our wedding last April/June, a blessing at The Atrium at Clitheroe Castle, but hadn’t got so far as booking a honeymoon,” Krissy explained. The couple, of Salthill Road, Clitheroe, didn’t have a honeymoon when they were first married 25 years. We couldn’t afford it and we were just madly in love and wanted to get wed as soon as we could,” said Krissy. “Then when I got my cancer diagnosis last year any plans for a honeymoon this time round were put on hold.”
However, one of the couple’s friends, Gemma Palmer, of Brownlow Street, who has known Krissy and Mark for more than 10 years, was determined that her friends were not going to miss out on a honeymoon for the second time.
Mum-of-one Gemma, who is married to Sean and works at Aldi in Clitheroe, said nobody deserved a holiday more than the couple.
“They’ve never been on a holiday where they’ve just gone and not had to worry about anything,” Gemma said.
“They’ve gone through that much – nobody deserves a break more.”
Krissy was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2015. She subsequently had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery the following month.
Throughout her treatment Krissy has suffered a catalogue of complications which included one of her implants popping and having to undergo nine operations.
Krissy also suffered a blood clot on Christmas Eve and was rushed into hospital where she was kept in until January 17th.
A much-loved local character, Krissy, who went to Edisford Primary School and Ribblesdale High School, used to be the school crossing patrol person at St Michael and St John’s RC Primary School.
“People still recognise me from my days as a lollipop lady,” said Krissy. “I was always in fancy dress. I did it on a seasonal basis so I used to dress up as an Easter bunny, a Christmas tree and when it was non-uniform at the school I used to dress in a school uniform.”
She has also worked for a solicitors and in mental health.
Mark, who went to Chatburn Primary School and Bowland High School, left his job at Ultraframe six months ago to take on the role of Krissy’s full time carer.
Mark, who also used to work at Garay’s hairdressers in Clitheroe, when he was younger, has a 25-year-old son with Krissy called Jordan.
Krissy, who has just finished her chemotherapy and radiotherapy, said: “I’m just trying to recover now and get back to normal life as much as I can – whatever that is.
“I don’t know how long I’m here for, but I’m going to make the best of it and have a good time.”
Krissy added that she wants to encourage other women to be more proactive in checking themselves for lumps.
Totally in awe of his wife’s strength of character, Mark, who actually found Krissy’s lump, said: “Throughout it all and everything she has been through she has always had a smile on her face and is an inspiration.”
“The oncologist even said to me he needed to bottle what I have,” added a smiling Krissy.
“What I do want, though, is for my fellow women to make sure they take the time to check themselves because the doctors cannot save us if we don’t do that. They are not mind readers. People just need to take two minutes out of their day.”
The couple’s friends hope to raise enough money so that Krissy and Mark can go on a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords and see the Northern Lights. “All our friends look at us, how happy we are and say they try to base their relationship on ours,” added Krissy.
“I’ve found my soulmate and I’m not letting him go.”
Krissy currently has injections every four weeks and is still undergoing radiotherapy.
The couple who are keen mountain bikers – Krissy was the membership secretary for the Pennine Mountain Bike Association – said they plan to live life to the full as much as possible.
“I haven’t got a bucket list, because I’m not kicking the bucket, I’ve got a life list,” said Krissy.
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