Emily was diagnosed with actue lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in 1998 when she was five year old and was treated for two years at St. Georges Hospital in London.
Emily says: “Over the course of my treatment I had an array of different medication, all of which had some side-effects. My hair fell out at towards the start and one of the first chemotherapy drugs I was given led to stomach aches and vomiting.
"Other drugs made me drowsy and have bad mood swings, along with a huge appetite, so I got quite chubby. I had to have lumber punches on my spine every few months, which involved going under anaesthetic. I also got a few infections after my treatment completed as a result of being neutropenic.
"I was attached to a drip in hospital a lot of the time. My medicine was administered through my Hickman line, which always felt tingly. I had three of these over two years and I still have the scars, although they don’t bother me.
"Despite being so ill I was still a bubbly child, sitting at the nurse’s desk, drawing pictures for them. I loved going to the hospital school and playroom when I could.
"I’m currently studying biomedical science in my second year at University. I’m so grateful for the treatment I received. Although it was quite intense, I was so lucky to receive it in time. Thanks to charities like Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, new treatments and research projects are being funded that will hopefully see an end to childhood leukaemia altogether.”