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Woman Horrified After Waking Up Black And Blue, Then It Dawns On Her (Photo)

Thea Wilson, a budding sales representative, was baffled when she woke up covered in severe bruises after a night out in her home town of Burwarton, Shropshire, in October 2014. Having stayed sober for the evening, the 37 year old knew the discolored marks could not be chalked up to a drunken stumble. When the “big and purple” bruises did not subside, Ms. Wilson grew concerned and visited her General Practitioner (GP), hoping that they could shed some light on the situation. Initially, Ms. Wilson’s GP told her the bruises were due to a platelet disorder but sent her to hospital for a bone marrow biopsy to be sure. The results that came back changed Ms. Wilson’s life forever.

Ms. Wilson, her family and friends were devastated to discover that she had a rare form of leukemia known as Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia. Ms. Wilson told reporters when she heard the news, it was as if her “world fell apart…I didn’t know what to do”. This disorder affects only 100 people per year and is a very aggressive form of blood cancer. Ms. Wilson was rushed to an isolation room where she immediately began intensive chemotherapy. Ms. Wilson remained at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for the duration of her treatment, which included routine, intensive chemotherapy, All trans Retinoic (a form of Vitamin A) as well as Frozen Plasma, Fibrinogen and platelets.

Ms. Wilson expressed her fears when learning of the diagnosis and undergoing treatment, stating “I was allowed to be out for Boxing Day but I was so used to my isolation bubble it felt dangerous, I just wanted to go back into hospital… If I had fallen running, or been kicked by my horse, I could have died”. Ms. Wilson had just nine platelets in her blood count, while the average person has anywhere from 140 to 400 platelets in their system… Ms. Wilson is lucky to be alive. Miraculously, Ms. Wilson was informed she had entered remission less than six months after her diagnosis. This news left Ms. Wilson and her family overjoyed, despite the need for blood tests every 12 weeks to monitor the health of her blood. As a result of the stressful episode, Ms. Wilson has entered the Race For Life in order to raise money for the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital which supported her during her treatment.

Source: Mail Online
Photo: Shropshire News

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