A 37-year-old woman from the UK was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia after she woke up after a night out covered in nasty purple bruises.

Thea Wilson’s body was covered in the mysterious bruises, and she had no idea where they came from.

After going out the night before, but staying completely sober, she was perplexed.

When the bruises failed to fade, doctors told her she had a platelet disorder.

But after a bone marrow biopsy she was informed she had Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia (APML), which is a rare blood cancer that only affects 100 people a year. 

In December last year, she began to feel “a tad under the weather”, and the bruises began to appear on her body. 

“I went to the doctors but because I didn’t tick any of the other boxes for leukaemia, such as exhaustion.


“When they sat me down and told me I was seriously ill, I didn’t know what to do.

“All of a sudden they told me I had aggressive leukaemia, I was a medical emergency and my hair was going to fall out.”

With a platelet count of only nine, the healthy range is between 140-400, her blood had trouble clotting that left her in danger of internal bleeding. 

She immediately began a five-month routine of intensive chemotherapy and All Trans Retinoic Acid – a form of vitamin A.

She also underwent procedures to improve her blood clotting capability.

She is in molecular remission only six months after her diagnosis. 


“The leukaemia could relapse but that won’t stop me living my life.

“The blood unit saved my life so I wanted to give something back by raising money for them.”

Thea has entered the Race For Life for the blood unit to give back to the hospital that helped save her. 

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