Emma Sutherland: Young Scot Awards 2014: Health

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When a single mum told her daughters she had breast cancer, the teenagers thought their mum was going to die.

Scared of asking too many questions, Emma Sutherland was so distraught she started self-harming. It was only when a counselor suggested she write things down that Emma decided  to turn the notes she had written into a book for teenagers last year to help them understand breast cancer.

‘Eek! My Mummy has Breast Cancer’ is the first book written by a teenager for other teenagers affected by parental cancer. Hundreds of other children got in touch with Emma after reading it.

All profits from the book go to the charity Maggie’s Centre and the book is now in every library in Scotland.

Emma, whose mum Rosie, 42, has been given the all-clear from cancer now wants to write other books for teenagers about different cancers.

This video was filmed and produced by Quay Productions, Media Scotland.

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  • Rebecca Baillie

    Hiya Emma you are doing so well!!!