1st Cancerversary

Photo blog today!
The 20th December was the 1st Anniversary of my diagnosis, something known in the crowd as a ‘Cancerversary’. I’m incredibly proud to have reached this milestone and more than slightly chuffed to look back on the year I’ve had. Though it’s been a hard hard year, it’s also been an amazing one. It’s been filled with opportunity and I’ve met so many wonderful people.
Of course I had never expected that I would have relapsed by now, and be facing another challenging year. I can’t change the circumstances however, so let’s look back on everything so far, help me gear up for transplant and get ready for going into my 2nd year since cancer arrived.
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Photo that captured me on twitter the day I was diagnosed.

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The very first lift picture (Awful!)

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Having my first chemo.

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Pie Day 2013 (my friends making pie while I was an ill inpatient.)

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Shortly after I shaved my hair off⤴

More Chemo…..

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I supported friends at the St David’s Day Dangle.

And after more chemo…

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I finally finished it!

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We had the afternoon tea where we served 120 people, my friend Natalie shaved her hair off and we raised over £2,000!

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I had a PET scan……

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I found out I was in Remission!

So RemissionPossible was born!

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I went back to school!

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Had a lovely break in the New Forest thanks to Hannah’s Holiday Home Appeal.

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I sang at National Festival in Birmingham

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I was invited onto the Mayor of Newport’s Charity committee.

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Gave the first gift and information boxes.

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Me and the LGFB girls...in wind and rain!

I volunteered for Look Good Feel Better- and braved ‘Hurricane Bertha’ whilst doing it.

Just before the concert!

I went on a Clic Sargent Music Residential – which was one of the highlights of my year, and I met some amazing friends!

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Bucket Collecting for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

My award with a celebratory lunch!

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I won a Beacons of Hope Award from the Lymphoma Association

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And attended the bigmoose gala dinner, where I spoke on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust and where Jeff Smith’s £60,000 fundraising target was reached!

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My mum, my sister and I MARCHED ON CANCER at the Stand up to Cancer March.

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Speaking a Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Connect Event.

Meeting Simon Weston and chatting about blood donors and public speaking tips was a real priviledge.

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Speaking at the Mayor of Newport’s charity gala dinner as an ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust

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I got to sing at the Music for Youth Schools proms at the Royal Albert Hall with my choir!
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Of course life then decided to throw another curveball. This is the lift selfie I took shortly after I found out about my relapsing, and had restarted chemo.
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Life goes on though and I went see a concert the night I had my Hickman line put in- which you gotta admit is pretty awesome!

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I am very honoured to be a Huffington Post blogger, and this particular one was also posted on RemissionPossible. It is our most popular blog today, and gave us our best ever day of views.

It also got us some very famous tweets!

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It was the blog the launched the #remissionpossible campaign to get more people signed up to the stem cell registries

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We visited We Fight Any Claim where 111 people signed up to Anthony Nolan register.
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We believe the campaign has led to several hundred people signing up!

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Only a week ago we met ‘Help Hollie’ Clark’s parents at their 24hr cycle for Anthony Nolan!
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Of course I also celebrated Christmas, and Pie day in style- with many hundreds of calories consumed!

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PIE DAY!

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This is an incredibly brief summing-up of my first year with cancer (and mainly, 2014) I could have added hundreds of other photos, but I tried to keep it to stuff I really DID, stuff I’m really proud of and hold dear.

Keep Smiling, hope you had a good Christmas and Happy New Year!

Emily

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Posted on December 30, 2014, in Em's Blogging.. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Amazing year …..amazing girl who deserves many blessings now and next year 2015
    Happy New Year from Eileen x

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  2. You forgot to mention how truly amazing you have been. How you have helped us cope. How you have helped other with cancer and how you have inspired others to fundraiser, volunteer and be better people.

    I am proud beyond words to be your mum.

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  3. Angela Smerkinich

    Rock on, you’re amazing!

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  4. Love it, Em. Great pictures.

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