Source - Remission Possible
Today's post is very different but I strongly believe that bringing awareness to different charities, websites and campaigns is very important. If you have been a follower of my blog for a long time then you will know that last year my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. She finished her treatment in February this year and thankfully has recovered. Not fully as it's a long process with medication and check-ups but the worst is over.
You may have also heard of a fellow blogger, Stacey from Expat Make-Up Addict who was diagnosed with cervical cancer this year and bravely, shared her experience on her blog. Her strength throughout was inspiring and many people booked their smear tests thanks to Stacey. I was one. In the UK you have to be 25 in order to have your first smear test but they send a letter out 6 months before your 25th birthday. I received my letter a week ago and straight away thought of Stacey sharing her story to spread awareness and therefore, booked my appointment straight away. Without Stacey's bravery in sharing her own story and raising awareness, I wouldn't have gone. I was so scared and nervous but it was over before I knew it and I'm relieved I went. If you are scared to book your smear test, don't be, there's nothing to be afraid of.
Source - Remission Possible
But today's post is about a 17 year old girl from Wales who is currently battling cancer for the second time. During my daily scroll on Daily Mail online, I stumbled across a headline that caught my attention. A young girl needing a bone marrow transplant in order to get better and I found myself reading the entire article with a lump in my throat. From the article I discovered that Emily is a fellow blogger and started the website Remission Possible where she not only shares her story but she brings awareness about cancer and sends gift boxes to fellow teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer also. Remission Possible's goal is to get as many young cancer patients into remission as possible, and doing this in any way that they can.
One of Emily's goals is to get people to sign up to the blood donor register and also bone marrow register. I am currently a blood donor and will be giving my second donation on Monday but thanks to Emily's bravery from sharing her story and willingness to help others whilst she is battling her own fight, I will also be asking to join the bone marrow register. I've done a lot of reading on what being a bone marrow donor entails. It's a huge commitment but if I can help just one person, that's all that matters. I have brought the subject up with Brent and other family members, Brent is thinking about blood donation but the other night, he signed up to be an organ donor which is another subject that is also incredibly important.
Whilst reading her website and browsing different pages, I found her bucket list. When I saw one of her goals was to pass her A-levels it struck a chord for me and I wanted to help. There's numerous ways that you can help charities: donating to any type of charity box, holding a fundraiser, attending a fundraising event or even just donating a small fee online to a charity of your choice. As Tesco says, "Every little helps!" You can also sign up to blood donation at Blood.co.uk and can read up on how to become a bone marrow donor at anthonynolan.org & nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow to not just help Emily, but also others like her. If you want to take a look at becoming an organ donor, you can do so - here.
Other ways to help Emily? You can follow her FaceBook page - Remission Possible and also why not follow her on Twitter while you're at it too - here, spread the word as much as we can.
I'm currently planning a fundraising event of my own, inspired by Emily's story and an event an old school friend held. Once I have things set up and a proper plan in shape I shall share it with you all.
It's so important to raise awareness for these illnesses, to supports others, help others and most importantly, save lives.