Two women who forged an unbreakable friendship helping each other to battle cancer have celebrated their bond as ‘chemo sisters’ by taking part in the UK’s biggest-ever women-only try-dive.
There were tears and smiles as Nadine Farnsworth and Clifton’s Lisa Potter were among 54 women and girls who tackled their first-ever scuba dive or snorkel at the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) event.
Lisa, 40, and Nadine, 26, have previously supported each other as they fought cancer and hair loss, as well as the physical and emotional pain caused by the terrible disease.
They emerged from the pool thrilled they had conquered their fears to complete the try dive. Accountant Lisa has previously suffered a collapsed lung because of her incurable non-Hodgkins Lymphona.
She had always wanted to scuba dive and says that after giving the sport a try she will now book a full course, along with her 21-year-old son, Jacob.
She said: “The try-dive was fantastic, really good. Once you get over the shock of being underwater breathing through a regulator and having a mask and all the other gear on its brilliant.
“I really want to try diving in the sea now. I’ve already asked about booking a course that I can do together with my son, Jacob.
“I’m so proud of Nadine. Her fear of masks made it real torture for her and I wasn’t sure she could do it but she did, even if we had a lot of tears.
“It’s been a fantastic experience and the fact it was women only made a big difference. It meant you didn’t have to be body conscious or embarrassed. Anyway, if a ‘fit’ guy had been there I might not have been able to concentrate.”
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