Well life does have a way of pulling the rug from under you when things are going well…

Emily lost her battle – not to the cancer she beat twice – but to the numerous infections her newly transplanted Spanish immune system couldn’t fight off.

And to be honest it’s hit me for 6!

Obviously because of the shock of losing a member of the family at such a young age (18), partly because I genuinely never contemplated her not beating it completely and having a great life ahead of her. But mostly because in Emily I saw a reflection of all the things that I’ve aspired to be over the years.

Intimidatingly talented, both intellectually and spiritually – a true inspiration and rarity these days.


The fight goes on – through those left behind for those left with the same battle on their hands.

Emily wanted to leave a legacy – wanted to inspire, campaign and educate people on the cancer that came into her life. Well that will be her legacy. Remission possible, the blog/capaign she started will live on as a charity in its own right – continuing her work. This year will be filled with fundraising to help build a ward for teenage cancer patients in her name… but it won’t stop there I feel.



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