Leukemia Fighter Working To Raise Awareness And Inspire Others

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“We can’t direct the wind, but we can direct the sails.”

Assia was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017. She is 20-year-old cancer patient hoping to raise awareness and inspire hope into the hearts of those also fighting cancer.

The Diagnosis

“The story of my diagnosis is a strange one. I was lying on my bed during the summer of 2016 when I noticed that there was some hyperpigmentation on my stomach. I did not pay much attention to it and after showing it to my mum, we thought it was probably just normal considering my skin tone.

Fast forward a few months later and we noticed that it had spread all over my back and thighs. I visited the doctors, where I had a blood test. The results showed nothing alarming and so I assumed nothing was wrong with me. However, the pigmentation spread further and by the beginning of 2017 I had noticed that I was constantly exhausted, I lost my breath easily and quickly, I was waking up every morning with severe muscle cramps. Sometimes the muscle cramps in my legs were so severe that it hurt to walk.

After seeing several doctors I was referred to a dermatologist at the hospital. On the day of my skin biopsy, I had a blood test which revealed some abnormalities. I was referred to a haematologist. A month later I had a bone marrow biopsy and two weeks later I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. It was unexpected for everyone around me, however, for some reason, I had sensed that it was coming.”

The Journey

Assia was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017. She is 20-year-old cancer patient hoping to raise awareness and inspire hope into the hearts of those also fighting cancer.

The Diagnosis

“The story of my diagnosis is a strange one. I was lying on my bed during the summer of 2016 when I noticed that there was some hyperpigmentation on my stomach. I did not pay much attention to it and after showing it to my mum, we thought it was probably just normal considering my skin tone.

Fast forward a few months later and we noticed that it had spread all over my back and thighs. I visited the doctors, where I had a blood test. The results showed nothing alarming and so I assumed nothing was wrong with me. However, the pigmentation spread further and by the beginning of 2017 I had noticed that I was constantly exhausted, I lost my breath easily and quickly, I was waking up every morning with severe muscle cramps. Sometimes the muscle cramps in my legs were so severe that it hurt to walk.

After seeing several doctors I was referred to a dermatologist at the hospital. On the day of my skin biopsy, I had a blood test which revealed some abnormalities. I was referred to a haematologist. A month later I had a bone marrow biopsy and two weeks later I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. It was unexpected for everyone around me, however, for some reason, I had sensed that it was coming.”

The Journey

“Have hope, hope goes a long way. I know that you may feel weak, you may cry yourself to sleep some nights, you may feel like a burden on your family at times. However, you have control over how you react. Live in the present. Go out in the fresh air. Read a book. Clear your mind. Allow yourself to FEEL and be real with yourself. Give your body a break. But have hope that this will pass and that you are strong enough for this. You are powerful and you have got this.”

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