Jemma McRae is a dance teacher and owner of Academy Street Dance Studio in Aberdeen. Jemma sent in this poem to encourage people to sign up to give blood.
Jemma said, "I received a blood transfusion because my red blood cell counts were low having caught a skin cellulitis infection whilst going through chemotherapy for secondary breast cancer. I was feeling pretty weak. Delighted to have much more energy after the 4 hour blood transfusion. I’m very grateful to all of the amazing team at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) and to the donor whose blood I received. Please, please donate blood Xx”
I know lots of you have followed my cancer journey on here over the past four years
It’s been for raising lots of awareness and it’s not been for tears.
It’s kept me positive and helped keep you all updated,
Kept me going, made it easier and less frustrated.
Having ended up in ARI last week with a soft tissue cellulitis infection,
I spent four nights in hospital getting IV penicillin, tablets and injections
The care I received was first class,
From consultants, doctors, nurses, cleaners, cooks and a great view looking down to the sea through the glass.
NHS Aberdeen, where do I start?
An amazing team of medical experts and students all with a great big heart
The care received last week was out of this world,
Everyone, everywhere really had twirled.
So many people been involved I really couldn’t name
Some new faces daily but lots had been the same
What they do in their long shifts is constant and quick
They are caring, considerate and everything runs so slick.
I’d like to thank them for looking after me and for everything behind the scenes,
like the cooks, cleaners and admin staff you do not get to see
Since I was admitted last Monday I must have seen about sixty ladies and at least eight men