Cancer-stricken young mum ‘screamed’ when told mystery bumps could kill her

A mum-of-four "screamed" when told her mystery bumps were caused by a life-threatening cancer condition.

Emma Lynch, 24, believed some bumps that appeared on her legs and arms were due to a low iron count but, as they spread, she also suffered a fever and racing heartbeat.

Blood tests confirmed the young mum's worst fears as she was heartbreakingly diagnosed with acute myeloid – a type of Leukaemia caused by too many immature white blood cells.

Emma from North Lanarkshire told Glasgow Live how she felt like "she wasn’t even in the room" when the news was broken to her last month.

She said: “When I was given the diagnosis I zoned out. It felt like I wasn’t even in the room, it was all just echoing and then I heard the doctor say ‘I’m really sorry but you have acute myeloid leukaemia’.

“I just let out a scream. I didn’t even cry I just screamed. I felt like I had been hit by a train.

“After coming round my first thought was I have to fight this for my kids. I have been fighting it for my kids every day since.

“I remain positive [in my] attitude. My only concern was leaving my kids behind.”

Emma was diagnosed with a cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells, on October 24 and immediately started chemotherapy treatment at Beatson in Glasgow five days later.

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She has not been able to see her children since.

Emma said: “I was always with them so being away from them is a total shock to the system.

“Sadly I can only video call them because they are not allowed to come and see me. That makes it even harder all I want to do is cuddle them so bad.

“They're always asking, 'When is mummy coming home?' The kids find it really hard as well.”

Emma hopes that her story will help others “listen to their body” and ask for medical help when they spot something wrong.

She said: “In the lead up to my diagnosis was I had been having bruising appearing randomly on my body. I was experiencing tiredness and bleeding gums but what made me go to the doctors was that I had swollen feet and ankles which were painful and red.”

Emma was initially diagnosed with cellulitis and put on a course of antibiotics. But a week later it became clear to Emma that something was seriously wrong.

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“I began feeling very unwell, I had a temperature and was shivering and my heartbeat was racing fast,” said Emma.

The doctors were concerned the young mum may have contracted sepsis so asked Emma to head to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where she learned she had cancer.

Emma’s family have set up a GoFundMe page to help support her family in the weeks and months ahead.

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