Symptoms, infections and antibiotics
Before I was diagnosed, I knew very little about the disease which is probably why I never associated the symptoms I had with leukaemia.
Looking back, I now know that it probably all began with the lump I found in my groin which I was later told was a gland. I did go to the doctors, but they never suspected anything so serious. A couple of weeks later I got a cold which I couldn’t seem to shift, followed by a throat infection. I went to my GP again and he simply prescribed me antibiotics.
I was losing weight. I put this down to the stress of recently having started full time work and my job was quite pressured. I was constantly tired. I put this down to working 9-6pm, six days a week.
I was getting bruises all over my legs and arms. I thought this was because I was a little bit clumsy and always banging into things at work. Walking up and down the stairs was a struggle. I thought that was just because I was unfit. Never once did it cross my mind that it was anything life-threatening.
On Sunday 14 November I came home from work exhausted. My mum said that I looked yellow. I thought she was seeing things and just went to bed. When I got up on Monday morning I was still feeling unwell and tired but it was a busy time at work so I didn’t consider not going in.