Claire Williams was 31 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML). She died two days after her 32nd birthday. Her mother, Sue Williams tells her story:
"Claire had everything to live for. She was beautiful, funny, kind and loved by everyone who knew her; she loved life and loved travelling.
On the 29th July, 2011, Claire became ill with flu like symptoms. She then developed bruises all over her body. After a routine visit to her GP she was referred for further tests. On the following Thursday Claire was diagnosed with AML.
She was rushed to the University Of Wales Hospital in Cardiff. Claire began treatment immediately. Unfortunately she developed breathing difficulties as a result of the treatment, a side effect of the toxic drugs Claire had to take. She was taken to intensive care where she struggled with the breathing difficulties until the following Tuesday. Despite being told Claire was nearly over her respiratory problems she suffered two massive brain haemorrhages.
Claire's life support was turned off on Wednesday 10th August 2011, two days after her 32nd birthday. She was ill for less than two weeks. That was how quickly this terrible disease killed our beautiful, previously healthy young daughter. Our lives are totally devastated."
Despite their tragic loss Claire's family and friends have come together to raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Sue got in touch with us and wanted to thank everyone that has been involved.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research would also like to thank Claire's family and friends for the amazing fundraising and support they have shown. So far an incredible £13,000 has been raised in Claire's name.
Sue has kindly shared images of Claire and the wonderful people who have raised money in her honour: