Jason O'Dwyer
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Sue's story...

Jason O'Dwyer
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02 Nov 2012

Sue Williams recently contacted Leukaemia & Lymphoma research as she wanted to pay tribute to her daughter Claire and also thank some very special people. This is Sue's story...

Claire Williams was 31 years old when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML).  She 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 Williams would like to thank everyone that has been involved.  

On behalf of Sue we would also like to thank Claire's family and friends for the amazing fundraising and support you have shown - £13,000 has been raised in Claire's name.  We are extremely grateful.  The money you have raised will go towards supporting further research into treatments and improving the lives of blood cancer patients.

Sue has kindly shared images of Claire and the wonderful people who have raised money in honour of Claire.  Please visit our Flickr page... to see more.

 

 

Comments

Anonymous
05.11.2012

RIP Claire. I lost my mum to AML 29th september 2009 after a 2year battle, 2relapses and a bone marrow transplant. She was 62. My heart goes out to all Claires family and friends. Well done on raising so much in her memory. Nothing will ever bring them back but they will never be forgotten and money raised in their memories will help people like them in the future have a better chance. My love and thoughts are with you all xx

Anonymous
05.11.2012

how amazing you all did this in memory of Claire. I to was diagnosed with AML in 2004 when i was 24, im doing ok now but still feel that pain and empathy for others when i hear stories like this one, i hope you are all proud, Thankyou so much from a person who Knows first hand how this will help others x x x

Anonymous
06.11.2012

This is almost identical to what happened to my dad Steve Davis. He died on the 2nd August this year two weeks exactly after being diagnosed and thirteen days after beginning treatment for AML. My heart goes out to Sue and anyone feeling the effects of this horrible disease. I hope to raise money like Sue for my dad's name and thank you for posting this story, as before I thought that my dad's case was isolated. Although this isn't a good thing this story bought me some comfort that the speed of my dad's death has happened before as well and that it wasn't the hospital but the disease.

Anonymous
07.11.2012

You're not alone Sue, although we know it will feel like it sometimes. Our loss was almost identical and, like you, we have tried to turn it to the positive and raise awareness and funds for research ... currently £12k over these last 3 years. Thanks for sharing your story. Look after yourself x

Anonymous
13.11.2012

My son died just 3 weeks after going into hospital and being diagnosed with ALL he was just 22yrs old , it's nearly 8 years ago now but the speed that he passed away gave us no time to come to terms with his illness . My thoughts go out to everyone who has lost someone x

Anonymous
20.11.2012

I also lost my dad Joe Cowie to AML also. My Dad was diagnosed with AML at the beginning of June this year and passed away two weeks later. He became unwell very quickly, again with flu like systems. My Mum and I were completely shocked at the speed of this terrible disease. Sue well done for raising so much money in Claire memory. I hope to raise as much as I can to try an help find a cure for this awful disease.