22-year Sarah Armstrong from Fazakerley in Liverpool was described as “happy and full of life”.
In addition to working as a care assistant, she spent a lot of time with her two-year-old daughter.
In late January, large bruises began to appear on her body along with flu symptoms.
A week later, Sarah died.
Died within a week
It was Sarah's friend Danielle Johnson who asked Sarah to see a doctor for her bruises.
Once on site, Sarah had a blood test.
When the result came, everyone in Sarah's presence was shocked – It turned out that Sarah had acute myeloid leukemia, a serious type of blood cancer.
Five days later, on January 29, Sarah began chemotherapy.
On February 1, Sarah died as a result of a stroke.
– I can't understand it, we sat here laughing the night before she died, says a devastated Danielle to the Liverpool Echo.
“A person who always laughed”
Danielle thinks that Sarah was positive in the last, despite the terrible news.
– She was a person who always laughed and always made everyone else laugh, she says Liverpool Echo.
What is acute myeloid leukemia?
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is one of the most common major forms of adult leukemia.
It is important that treatment is started fairly immediately after the diagnosis is established.
The main symptoms of illness are fatigue, mild feeling of illness and general symptoms.
However, in most cases these symptoms are both moderate and nonspecific, which makes it difficult to diagnose.
Source: Blood Cancer Association
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