A make-up artist who was diagnosed with acute leukemia after detecting bruises on her legs while traveling, encouraged women to trust their gut and consult a doctor if they notice unusual physical changes.
Nadia Peri, who is in her twenties, was diagnosed with leukemia two days after she returned to Melbourne from Los Angeles early this month.
“I had flown to LA and when I got off the plane I saw severe bruises on my feet and my legs were really sore and I felt a little sick,” Nadia told FEMAIL.
“I also had a rash that consisted of red spots on my skin, but because I had made a long flight, I attributed the swelling in my legs and nausea to the flight.”
Makeup artist Nadia Peri in Melbourne (photo) was diagnosed with leukemia in February, just two days after returning from Los Angeles to Australia
What is leukemia?
Leukemia is the general name given to a group of cancers that develop in the bone marrow. Leukemia is caused by the development of blood cells that have undergone a malignant change.
The causes of leukemia are unknown.
There are different types of leukemia. Some species appear suddenly and progress quickly over days to weeks. Others are less noticeable and progress slowly over months to years.
In 2019 there were 4,251 new cases – 2,609 men and 1,642 women – in Australia
Nadia continued to notice bruises on her body during her three weeks in LA and also felt tired, but decided it was probably related to her journey.
‘I finally got a bruise on my chest, I had a small bruise on my back, I got bigger bruises on my wrists. I also noticed that I fell a few times, “she said.
“I lost my balance and felt a little dizzy when I was there, but I went to many events when I was in LA, so I told some of that to feel exhausted and maybe not drink enough water.”
“I was at an event … and I really felt very weak. I actually told my boyfriend “can we sit down because I feel so tired” and that is really different from me. “
Nadia said she saw bruises on her body, red spots on her skin and she felt dizzy and exhausted during her journey
Before she returned home, Nadia called her mother, who is a nurse, and told her what she had experienced.
Her mother booked her a doctor’s appointment just hours after she returned to Australia.
“The day after I landed, I went to a nail appointment and got a phone call from the doctor to come in urgently. Then I knew in my heart that something was wrong, “Nadia explained.
Before she returned home, Nadia called her mother (both in the photo), who then booked her a doctor’s appointment for the day she landed
“I was told that one of the causes of my symptoms may be leukemia, so when I was called I immediately called my mother.”
Nadia said she “knew something was wrong” and went to the hospital with her mother and sister.
“Testing and waiting for the next few hours were frankly the worst moments in my life. I just cried to my mother and sister, because when you hear the C word or leukemia, you just think you’re dying. “
Nadia said she was terrified in the hours before the diagnosis, but felt oddly relieved when it was confirmed.
Nadia said she ‘is so lucky because I have had the best support in my family, in my friends, in my boyfriend (photo), even the people who follow me [on social media]”
“I know it sounds crazy, but at that moment I felt relieved because I finally knew my diagnosis and it was no longer a fear of the unknown,” she said.
“If you are in the hospital and everyone is doing all these tests, you will panic because you don’t know what that is.”
Nadia has acute leukemia, which “occurs when immature white blood cells get out of hand and continue to divide but never mature”, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse website state.
There are two types of acute leukemia: acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
She encourages women to go to a doctor if they are worried about their health or notice changes in their body
Nadia is currently undergoing chemotherapy to treat the disease and is hoping for a full recovery.
“My mother really saved my life because she is the one who really insisted on all this,” she said
She said she has no family history of cancer and her diagnosis was a complete shock because “no one ever expects cancer.”
What are the most common symptoms of leukemia?
– Fever or chills
– Persistent tiredness, weakness
– Frequent or serious infections
– Lose weight without trying
– Swollen lymph nodes, enlarged liver or spleen
– Easy bleeding or bruising
– Recurring nosebleeds
– Small red spots in your skin (petechia)
– Excessive sweating, especially at night
– Bone pain or sensitivity
Source: Mayo Clinic
“If something has to do with you about your health and you notice a change in your body, don’t wait. Make an appointment to go to your doctor, because this could save your life. “
“I read a really good quote online when I went through this whole process and it really spoke to me:” Listen to your body as it whispers so you don’t have to hear it scream. “
Nadia also said that anyone dealing with a diagnosis should try to stay positive and follow the advice of doctors.
‘I am so lucky because I have had the best support in my family, in my friends, in my boyfriend, even in the people who follow me. I am just so grateful for the support I have received during this time, “she said.
She said that something really helped her through this: “having a sense of humor” and being able to laugh.
‘It really saved me and helped my mental health. I really believe that laughter is the best form of medicine. “
Nadia explained that it is important to keep doing ‘small things’ that you love to maintain a sense of normality
“Don’t let your diagnosis end with life, because of course you can’t control your diagnosis, but I love to make content, so I made sure that I can continue to do what I like from the hospital,” she said.
She explained that it is important to keep doing ‘small things’ that you love to maintain a sense of normality.
“Although I am in the hospital, I still do small things like my daily skin care and I still put on makeup to maintain my sense of normality and daily routine,” she said.
‘That is so important for your mental health. It’s a small thing, but many people underestimate it. “