Emma Blaikie
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My Story

Emma Blaikie
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14 Oct 2014

I am currently volunteering and fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in the Edinburgh office. I was given the project of organising a fundraising walk as there was a gap in the calendar this year for such an event.

I was 4 years old in 1976 when I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and treated for 3 years  before being given the all clear when I was about 15 years old.

Although very young I still remember some of the things. The chemotherapy,nose bleeds, radiotherapy and the injections, as I now have a fear of needles. The loss my hair was quite devastating. I am not sure what happened to my wig, although nothing like the ones available today. In the 70’s mine was short, curly and itchy inside. My Gran looked after me most of the time and I wish she was here today to see my efforts to raise awareness to help others.

I was treated in Carlisle by Dr Elderkin and in Newcastle by Dr Kernaghan both who have since retired and who I have recently met. I also keep in touch one of the nurses who looked after me. I still go for yearly check-ups to St Johns in Livingston and have had several operations on my scalp to remove some Basel Cell Carcinoma’s. They are a form of skin cancer and a side effect from the amount of radiotherapy I received. I have been advised that I may need more operations in the future. My treatment is now being studied by Birmingham University as part of their British Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. 

I have been given this fantastic opportunity to help give something back through John Lewis Charity Liaison and the Golden Jubilee Trust. The Trust was set up in April 2000 and allows John Lewis and Waitrose partners to go and work with their chosen charity and still keep their position. I was 1 of 14 applicants to be successful and so far have enjoyed my experience and would recommend to my colleagues.

The Edinburgh Winter Walk takes place on Sunday 2 November at Vogrie Country Park in Midlothian. It is a fun 5k/10k walk through the Edinburgh Countryside. The route takes you through woodland trails and takes in the picturesque views of Edinburgh.

So come join me and the Edinburgh Branch for a fun day out!! SIgn up here


Catriona Taylor

Thanks very much for sharing your story Emma, hope all goes really well with the Walk next month


Emma thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. I'm a childhood blood cancer survivor, too, and think it's absolutley fantastic what you're doing to give something back.

Good luck with the walk and the remainder of your time working with the team up in Scotland. They are a great bunch!

Thanks again,



Thank you for sharing your story. It helps to keep us going with the fund raising. One day we will beat this. Good luck with the walk.

Kirsty P

Great blog Emma! Looking forward to the event next month!