Anthony Nolan | Saving the lives of people with blood cancer.

8,616 people were diagnosed with leukaemia in the UK in 2011.

Over 4,000 deaths caused by leukaemia in 2012.

Leukaemia is only one of the numerous type of blood cancer people can suffer from.

Today, this woman from Anthony Nolan came into my school to give us a talk and raise awareness of this foundation. She told us stories of people’s lives who drastically changed because of blood cancer and they could have possibly survived if there were more people who registered to be a bone marrow donor.

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When you’re diagnosed with blood cancer, there’s one option to undergo chemotherapy but sometimes it’s not effective and the other option is to have a bone marrow transplant. What Anthony Nolan does is it matches up people who have registered to donating bone marrow to people who need it. This is a tricky process as you must find someone who has compatible bone marrow for your body and is usually scored out of 10. This can potentially save someones life. All my life I’ve always thought doctors were amazing they have the ability to save lives, but we can too. By being on the register you are putting yourself up to help save lives, the woman told us that to save a life was something to be proud of and it is! It honestly is to save a life is a genuine achievement and the feeling of knowing that you alone giving up a simple thing like your bone marrow could allow someone to live on and lead a happy life is the most amazing feeling you can get.

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Imagine being told that you have 3 months left of living because there wasn’t enough people on the register to find a match for you. Imagine if with that bone marrow transplant you could extend your life to 2 years or maybe 3, maybe even a lifetime. “Sorry, you only have three-months left, unfortunately there aren’t enough people on the register to find a match for you.” How would you feel? I, personally, would be angry; angry as to why people wouldn’t put their names on the register to help save peoples lives, but just like most of you who read this may have hear of Anthony Nolan for the first time, like me. It’s not the fault of the public who aren’t registering, it’s that there isn’t any awareness of it, we don’t know of these foundations and we are not educated in these areas. So now that you’re aware of it put your name on the register, it’s pretty simple, if you get called up donate your bone marrow, if you don’t, at least you’re offering and it’s the best you can do and it’s something that will be appreciated.

I’m only basing this on what I’ve heard today and the 10-15 minute research I did but head onto anthonynolan.org to find out more about it. It seems so little, but it could make a whole world of difference to another person literally.

– H.E

Books I bought this half term (27/03/15 – 12/04/15)

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So as you can see, I’ve bought a lot of books this half term. I’ve recently been visiting charity shops quite often and their books are not only extremely cheap but most of them are in good condition. I added up the price of these books and it came to £12.44 and with that money I could only buy one book and there wouldn’t be enough left for me to buy another one and out of all of these 18 books; 3 weren’t bought from charity shops, 3 have cracked spines and most of them look new. I decided that I would stock up on books before the summer as I’m, sadly, not going anywhere which means 6 weeks of staying at home along with some exercise. I’ve basically planned out what I’ll be doing this summer, read read and ever more reading. I’m kidding, I’ll probably be doing some exercise as well since I need it. I’ll probably also be painting as that’s one of my other hobbies. Anyhow I decided to buy a ton of books to read this summer and I am so excited for it! The reading, that is.

In order from left to right and top to bottom.

Empress Orchid – Anchee Min (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones – Alexander McCall Smith (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare (I had a gift voucher from prize giving that I attended recently so it went from £7.99 to £1.99, Waterstones)

Lucy in the Sky – Paige Toon (£1.99, Amazon)

Cherry Tree Lane – Anna Jacobs (It was originally £2 and I thought that was cheap but then when I actually bought it, on the receipt it said £0.06 because they were doing discounts as the shop was closing down, Budgens)

The First Time I Saw Your Face – Hazel Osmond (80p, Charity shop)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K Rowling (I got this to complete my set of Harry Potter books that my cousin gave me, it was missing the first book. £1, Charity)

The Haunted – Jessica Verday (80p, Charity)

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

Man and Boy – Tony Parsons (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

Bared to You – Sylvia Day (80p, Charity)

Alice in Exile – Piers Paul Read (80p, Charity)

Some Day I’ll find You – Richard Madeley (80p, Charity)

Eats, Shoots and Leaves – Lynne Truss (Part of a five books for £1 deal, Charity)

The Girls’ book, How to be the best at everything – No Author (Given to me)

Since you’ve been Gone – Anouska Knight (80p, Charity)

The Girl you left Behind – Jojo Moyes (80p, Charity)

the Last Letter from your Lover – Jojo Moyes (80p, Charity)

And that was a total of 18 books, I have a lot to do this summer. I may start a new line of blog posts Book reviews. Maybe once every month maybe? I shall think about it.

~ H.E

Exams.

“There’s no such thing as a stupid person in this world, only lazy people.”

– My Father

When I think how close exam season is, my heart pounds. I’ve never been a stupid child but nor have I ever been a genius and I think that’s a blessing because it’s taught me that I have to work hard to achieve what I want. Sometimes, I do feel like the most stupid child in the world because I give up because I think about how I can’t do it and how I’m going to fail. Then I think how lucky I am to be able to have the access to education and an especially good one where there are wide range of resources that I can easily access and I feel motivated again because at the end I believe if I tried my very best and come out with a average grades, I still gave it all I had and that would make me content because I know I went into the exam knowing I completed the exam paper to the best of my ability and there was nothing else that I could do.

But, you see, that’s the problem I will never be able to go into an exam knowing that I completed it to the best of my ability because I know I could always do more. The times that I checked my phone for a few minutes, the mornings where I laid in for five more minutes could’ve been spent to do that tiny bit more revision and obviously the time that I use to type my thoughts up. I’ve even decided to restrain myself from reading because I know once I start reading my mind would be entrapped in that book that I wouldn’t be able to revise.

But all this is futile if I don’t get the grades that I want, that I so desperately need even if I was to spend that five more minutes revising or go into the exam fully prepared and do everything to the best of my ability if I were to come out of the hall on results day with my results in hand without grades that seem passable to my parents everything I’d done beforehand would be an utter and complete waste. I would never be able to bear the look on my parents face when they expected so much of me; the times where they’ve made me laugh and smile and feel the warmth that only they could give me, give me the love that I don’t even deserve and the least that they wanted in return was the grades that I produce to be good ones. It would put me in utter despair seeing that look on my parents and knowing that I was responsible for it. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself, and that’s why I tell myself that I have to do it, get the grades I want because I can and I’m not stupid, I can get the grades I want and I will get the grades I want. That is currently my biggest motivation.

~ H.E

Why I love reading.

I spent a while thinking about what I’d like to post first and then I saw something that literally gave me the answer, books! I thought about it long and hard and whether I should start with this because I didn’t want to be just another account that just talks about books because I still want to talk about many other things but I then thought, this is just one post and there are many others to come, well I hope there will. I shall start it before I start waffle as everyone tends to say about me.

So if you bothered to go check out anything about me you’ll find that I absolutely adore books. So in this post I will be explaining my love of reading because I think people have different reasons for their love of reading. I have many reasons to why I love to indulge myself in books and the list could be endless but I’m just going to say the ones that come to mind while I’m writing this.

“Reading books is the most glorious pastime that human kind has yet devised.”

– Wislawa Symborska

One of the reason I enjoy reading is because it gives me the freedom I long for. Coming from an Asian background my parents are fairly strict and I don’t always get the freedom I want but being at home constantly and with nothing to do it kicked off my love for reading, I would pick up a book and get trapped in a world where I can be who I want to be and can imagine what I want. When I say I forget the time when I read, I actually mean it, I get so caught up in reading that I forget every worry, every problem, every sadness and it’s so soothing because it’s an escape that I can afford.

Another reason I love reading is because I like seeing the happy endings or not so happy endings for the characters in the book even though it may end up with a character that we really loved dying. I just enjoy seeing the characters with such happiness in their lives and sometimes me may want to kill the author and curse them because they killed off a character or they did something unexpected but I think these are all joys of reading; the emotions we feel throughout the book, the pain we feel when something bad happens, the happiness when the characters finally end up together.

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” 

– Unknown

Honestly, I think not enough people read in the 21st Century, you get people who absolutely detest the thought of sitting down with a book on a Sunday afternoon and just let go. I know a few like that but I don’t blame them, sure I get a tiny bit irritated when they talk about how boring it is but clearly they’re the ones missing out on a whole other world that we who read have the privilege to experience it so it’s not something I get too worked up about. They’re depriving themselves on what really matters and something that will be of value throughout the whole of time.

I’m pretty sure I haven’t finished describing my love for reading but I think this should be appropriate for the time being.

– H.E

Intro to my thoughts.

I thought I’d start my account with a introduction. I am well aware that my page looks like I’ll be talking about books but I won’t. Well actually I will be talking about books but, not just books. I’ll be posting a mixture of things, I may just talk about my thoughts on a particular day that I would randomly love to share with you or it may be a piece that I’ve worked really long on discussing about something completely out of the blue. If you haven’t read about me, go on and click on the link that leads you to tell you about me. But what I’m trying to say is that I love books and it will be inevitable that there will be something about books here.

– H.E