Rachel, from Edinburgh, was diagnosed with leukaemia at age 17.
Rachel says, 'I’d just had an amazing summer, and was enjoying doing typical teenage things, when I started to feel unwell. When I was told I had leukaemia it was the biggest shock of my life. It seemed incredible this was happening to me.
'I had to go into the Western General in Edinburgh for more than a year of treatment, and much of this time was spent in isolation. During that time, I knew how important blood transfusions were to me. I’d regularly tweet my heartfelt thanks as I was receiving blood, and I’d encourage people to start giving, which dozens of my friends did. It’s brilliant to see so many young people caring about others and doing their bit to save lives like mine.
'The illness was awful, but my recovery has been remarkable. I am now fully recovered and have started uni. I love music, drama, radio, festivals, fashion, my friends and my family. I also love blood donors. Do sign up!'
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