Cheshire nan loses two and a half stone after ‘brutal’ cancer treatment
A nan from Cheshire fought back from a ‘brutal’ cancer battle to win an MMA fight and become the ‘fittest’ she can be. Lynsey Harrison, from Runcorn, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and said the treatment led to her gaining weight. The 45-year-old is now determined to prove she is ‘tough’ after the treatment made her feel like an ’80-year-old’.
of the top stories from across Cheshire here. Lynsey is now five years clear and says she feels like she has been given an ‘extra life’. The mum-of-three wants to be the ‘fittest’ she can be and even trained for an MMA fight, the Echo reports.
She said: “I wanted to prove I was tough and strong enough because treatment left me feeling like an 80-year-old who got out of bed and creaked. “I have got a grandchild now and I want to be here for her and want to be the best and fittest I can be. “Going through treatment is brutal – you put on weight and your hair is short.
After treatment, I probably weighed about 15 stone and I am now about 12 and a half stone. “This year, I am five years clear and I feel like I have been given an extra life – I am not going to waste it. I want to do everything.”
Lynsey Harrison during cancer treatment. (Image: Ultra MMA)
In a bid to feel like herself again Lynsey started exercising and decided to train for an MMA fight to mark her five-year anniversary of being clear of cancer, which she received news of in 2016.
She said: “Doing the fight was about finding myself again or even about finding a new me – I now know how to chuck you on the ground and put you to sleep.” Lynsey managed to win her MMA fight in Wigan held by Ultra MMA. Participants are given the opportunity to take part in eight weeks of free professional MMA training before a showcase event in front of hundreds of spectators.
Those taking part are asked to sell tickets for the show and raise at least GBP50 for Cancer Research UK. So far, Ultra Events – which runs Ultra MMA – has raised more than GBP23m for the charity. Lynsey – who raised GBP2,190 – said she was also motivated to take part because of the death of her father-in-law Derek Harrison.
The caretaker, died at the age of 65 of pancreatic cancer at the same time she was undergoing treatment in 2016.
Lynsey Harrison’s two daughters Trafford and Derby with her father in-law Derek who died of cancer. (Image: Ultra MMA)
Lynsey, who is grandmother to one-year-old Esme, said: “Training for MMA I probably lost about half a stone but it changed my body shape. “I have gone down a dress size. I know women are often driven by weight but I know it is not about that.
My legs are more toned, my waist is tiny now and I am just much tougher and stronger.” Husband Kyle, 47, who is a truck driver, watched her fight as well as her daughters Trafford, 21, and Derby, 20, who works in recruitment. Her son Everton, 25, who is the father to her granddaughter, could not make it as he serves as a Lance Corporal in the Army.
Lynsey Harrison on the evening of the Ultra MMA event in Wigan. (Image: Ultra MMA)
Lynsey explained she and her husband like football and she supports Manchester United whilst her husband supports Everton, which served as inspiration for their children’s names.
She added she was initially scared when she started MMA training at the Forge Fight Academy in Warrington, Lancashire, but would recommend the experience to others. She said: “I was 45 and there were young lads there chucking you around on the floor – I felt like ‘I am so old am I being an idiot?’ “But you have definitely just got to step out of that comfort zone and the feeling is unbelievable you are never going to get such a high.”
Anyone thinking of signing up and raising money for Cancer Research UK can visit to do an Ultra MMA in Wigan can visit https://www.ultra-mma.co.uk/events/wigan/
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