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Meet Chrissie.

Following a shock diagnosis, Chrissie became a member of our Wrexham Sing with Us choir.

I went to the doctor because I was losing weight and going to the loo a little more frequently than usual. I was sent for plenty of tests to get to the bottom of the problem and after a colonoscopy, I was waiting in a little office with my husband when they came to tell me they’d found cancer.

I was convinced they’d got it wrong. I’d gone in thinking it would be nothing to worry about and left with nothing to say. It was a big shock because I was eating healthily, cycling every week, taking exercise classes and teaching dance, I was misses super-fit!

Things were going quite well to start with but a few months later I began bleeding heavily. The tumour was perforated and had spread to become stage four. Telling the children was probably one of the most horrendous things I’ve ever had to do. They were absolutely devastated for me.

I’ve wanted to be in a choir for a long time but couldn’t because of my workload, so when I was told about Wrexham Sing with Us choir at a support group, I had to join! The way I was invited in and made to feel at home was amazing, and I quickly got to know everyone.

From then on I couldn’t wait to get back to rehearsals. I’ve always danced and been a bit of a performer, but singing is different to dancing. I actually feel more exposed singing in the group than I ever did while dancing alone but I love the thrill of performing again.

When I’m at choir I’m in my own world, I’m not thinking about my cancer, I’m just there and singing my heart out. Seeing my parents at my first choir gig in Wrexham made me really grateful that they can still come and watch me. They’re so proud of me.

The guys in the choir met my husband and encouraged him to join too. Practising together is something we’re able to share, and hearing him sing around the house fills my heart with happiness. Our car journeys have changed completely, you can guarantee a Tenovus CD is on and we’re singing full pelt!

I had the perfect home, the perfect job, a wonderful family, everything about my life was great and it seemed that this bubble had been burst but good things have come out of it too. I’ve done things I would never have done before because I was working or busy at the weekends. The choir has changed things for the better and I’m so happy to be a part of it.

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