A SELF-confessed adrenaline junkie is taking part in a charity skydive despite going through gruelling chemotherapy.
Intrepid Ruth Gallop, 52, will take the plunge on September 20 from Whitchurch and is raising money for Nightingale House Hospice in the process.
The daring feat is part of an extensive bucket list drawn up by Mrs Gallop, which also includes white water rafting and riding motorbikes and driving cars at breakneck speeds around a track.
Last weekend, she completed one of the items on her list as she went down a zipwire in Snowdonia, the longest in Europe.
Mrs Gallop, of Grosvenor Gardens, Wrexham, said she wants to inspire other cancer-sufferers and show them life does not end with diagnosis.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in April, having previously beaten the disease more than two decades ago when she was 31.
The Flintshire Council worker, who has volunteered at Nightingale House in the past, has stage three breast cancer – said to be an “advanced” stage where the cancer has extended beyond the immediate region of the tumour, but has not spread to distant organs.
Doctors have told her that even if her current course of chemotherapy is successful, the disease is likely to return in the future.
Mrs Gallop said: “This time around the cancer is more aggressive but as long as I keep catching it in time, they will be able to treat it.”
She added: “My children think I’m a bit weird because I go into work in the morning and then have chemotherapy in the afternoon, but I just want to inspire other people to carry on as normal.
“It is not the end of everything and you can still carry on.
“I don't want to sit in the corner feeling sorry for myself. I want to prove to others that I can survive the treatment and am determined to live life to the full while inspiring others going through the same thing.”
Mrs Gallop is also a keen surfer and plans to ride waves on a trip to Barbados once her chemotherapy is complete.
She isn’t nervous about the impending skydive.
She said: “I’m just going with the flow at the moment but I’m sure when I’m about to jump out of the plane on the day, it will be a different story. I am sort of an adrenaline junkie at the moment.
“I had to get the doctors to approve the skydive and from what I can gather I am the only person going through treatment who has done it.”
Mrs Gallop has an initial fundraising target of £500 but says she hopes to raise much more.
Her total currently stands at £138.
For more information or to donate, go to www.justgiving.com/Ruth-Gallop
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