Bloodwise Patient Ambassadors share their stories on International Nurses Day
To mark International Nurses Day, a selection of our Patient Ambassadors celebrate the nurses who have made a difference when they or their loved ones have faced blood cancer
Emma Louise Bottoms
“My CNSs [clinical nurse specialists] were the best I could have asked for. I had three over the course of my treatment and they were superheroes. They listened, gave me advice, smiles, encouragement and made me feel like I wasn't alone. I honestly don't know if I could have got through it without them. The nurses on the wards were tremendous too and still are. They give so much and helped me to remain grateful when things got tough. They are all angels.”
Emma was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in 2015, at the age of 35. She’s in the last few months of treatment. Emma does a brilliant job of helping to raise money for blood cancer research.
Nurse Laura at Royal Marsden always met us with a warm smile for Andrew and reassuring eyes for me. She had the right mix of patience and ‘let’s just give it a go’. From making Andrew’s blocked line work to coming all the way to our local in an ambulance when he spiked a high temp and had to be transferred. She made us feel special and I will never forget her kindness. Here she is doing Andrew’s last ever accessing before port removal.
Melody’s son Andrew who was diagnosed with ALL at age three. He's now seven and has been treatment free for two years!
“My nurse is a Facebook friend now as she left the trust. My God, she was special! [She] went above and beyond for me! Literally the only person to make me smile in my darkest days and brought little treats in daily for me (Harry Potter on DVD, her own butterbeer mug, a bookmark and some of her own hand cream). She was amazing, a really special nurse. My angel in the darkness.”
Natalie was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2016 at age 28. She received a stem cell transplant last year. It's been an incredibly difficult time, but she continues to get better. Natalie is doing a brilliant job of raising money for Bloodwise and other charities, and raising awareness of the importance of stem cell, blood and platelet donation.
“Nurses are the backbone of the NHS.”
Donna’s daughter Emily was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma in 2013 when she was 16. Sadly Emily died from complications from her stem cell transplant when she was 18 years old.
Emily set up ‘RemissionPossible’ and raised thousands of pounds for cancer charities and raised an incredible amount of awareness for blood cancer and the importance of stem cell donation. Donna and her family continue Emily’s legacy through their voluntary work and fundraising. Read more about Emily and Donna.
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