A young British woman woke up covered in bruises after a night out with friends, and when doctors told her why, she was terrified.
Thea Wilson, a 31 year-old resident of the small village of Shropshire, England, had been out with friends the night before, but had not had a single drink. Despite the fact that she could therefore remember everything from the night before and knew she hadn’t suffered any injuries, Wilson woke up covered in dark purple and yellowish-green bruising.
“I had no idea where these bruises were coming from,” she later explained. “I’d been getting little ones for a few weeks but nothing like that.”
When the bruises didn’t go away for a few days, Wilson went to her doctor, who initially diagnosed her with a platelet disorder. Luckily, however, he also ordered a blood marrow biopsy as a precaution, and this ended up saving her life.
When doctors called her to discuss her results, they gave her the devastating news that she had a rare form of leukemia that only affects around 100 people a year worldwide.
“When they sat me down and told me I was seriously ill, I didn’t know what to do,” she says. “All of a sudden they told me I had aggressive leukemia, I was a medical emergency, and my hair was going to fall out.”
Legally dubbed a “medical emergency,” Wilson was taken to an isolation room in Royal Shrewsbury hospital, where she began an aggressive chemotherapy treatment.
Wilson soon learned that the bruises could be explained by the fact that her condition meant her blood lacked the ability to clot properly, meaning that her situation could easily have been much worse.
“I was so very lucky,” she said. “If I had fallen running or been kicked by my horse, I could have died.”
After six months, Wilson made the amazing announcement that her leukemia is in remission. Now, she’s refocusing on helping the blood unit that saved her life raise money to help others.
“The leukemia could relapse but that won’t stop me living my life,” Wilson said. “The blood unit saved my life so I wanted to give something back by raising money for them.”
Wilson was hoping to raise £2,000 for the hematology department, but her efforts have already raised over £6,000. You can check out her fundraising page here.