Mum of three Venessa was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in February 2016.
She is currently undergoing her third round of chemotherapy but has been told that she needs a blood stem cell donation to survive.
Venessa is keeping a Facebook blog about her journey: www.facebook.com/theleukaemiadiva
A personal message from Venessa: "The world is so much bigger than me and there must be a reason why leukaemia found me. I want to live, I have so much to live for. There is a huge lack of awareness about blood stem cell donation within our community and I want to help change that."
"If you have an opportunity to save someone’s life in such a simple way, why wouldn't you do it? Please take the time to do it as it could be one of the most important things you ever do."
You could be a match for Venessa, or anyone else in need of a blood stem cell donation.
Venessa, who has been a teacher in Hackney and Tottenham for over 23 years, went to the doctors after having a fever and feeling tired.
Following blood tests, Venessa was admitted to Homerton hospital that evening and was diagnosed with leukaemia the next day.
Venessa's daughter Shenna said: "From the minute my mum was diagnosed with leukaemia, she has shown nothing but mental and physical strength. She's still the same happy, chatty positive person she always is. My youngest sister is only 7 and she is like mum's little handbag, so it's been hard for her to adjust to mum being in hospital."
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