When Sophie Wheeldon was a student, she received a diagnosis that she says was “a huge blow”: she had leukemia.
Now he urges people to recognize the symptoms of the disease.
Sophie, 24, from the UK, describes how she dismissed persistent chest infections, headaches and neck pain as stress while studying.
But in 2018 he was diagnosed with blood cancer after seeing his doctor and going to the hospital.
According to the Leukemia UK organization, less than 1% of people can recognize the symptoms of the disease, despite the fact that 28 people are diagnosed every day in this country.
Around the world, 2020. In Nearly 500,000 people were diagnosed with leukemiaAccording to the World Cancer Research Fund.
Four of the most widely reported symptoms include fatigue, bruising, unusual bleeding and frequent infections, the charity notes.
Leukemia UK, in collaboration with Leukemia Care, urges people to be aware of the possible symptoms.
Both organizations emphasize that Early diagnosis can save lives.
Wheldon was studying biology in 2018 when she fell ill and her doctor advised her to go to the hospital, after warning her neck pain could be meningitis.
The young woman says she was immediately transferred to an “acute” ward after being checked out at the ER, where she had hourly blood tests, a full body CT scan and “what I now know was a bone marrow biopsy”. .
After the biopsy, her symptoms persisted and she went back to see a specialist. There she learns that she is “classified as exceptionally ill.”
She was later told she might be eligible for a special type of treatment: CAR-T therapy.
This process involves taking part of a person’s immune system and white blood cells and replicating them so that they can recognize and specifically target cancer cells, Weldon says.
The girl claims that she was the first person in her community to get the treatment. And in June 2019, a day after his 21st birthday, he fell victim to it.
“When they came back together [las células]They were brought in a small bag. That would save my life,” he says. “It was a 20-second infusion — it’s crazy to think that’s possible.”
After undergoing routine blood tests, he was told in July 2019 that he was “in complete remission”, which he says was “literally the best day of his life”.
Her immune system has been affected by the treatment, but she says she is “grateful to be here” and urges people to be aware of signs that may indicate the presence of illness.
“Leukemia symptoms can be so vague and easy to miss, but you always have to trust your gut,” he says.