Writer discovers leukemia after diagnosed with sinusitis and undergoes transplant – BBC News Brasil

  • Simone Machado
  • From São José do Rio Preto (SP) to BBC News Brasil

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After being diagnosed with leukemia, Duda underwent three rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.

In 2019, 27-year-old writer Duda Riedel worked as a saleswoman in a clothing store in Rio de Janeiro. The constant tiredness and pain in her legs that she felt, she attributed to hours spent standing at work.

Days after feeling excessive fatigue, the writer was surprised to wake up to see blood marks on her pillow. After identifying that they had come out of her gum, she sought out a dentist.

“The pro said I had to brush my teeth. I did, he said everything was fine, and I went home,” she recalls.

However, the symptoms didn’t stop there. Then, the writer began experiencing headaches and having nasal congestion and discharge—which doctors told her indicated that she had sinusitis. In increasingly intense pain, she sought out the hospital emergency department twice, which handled her medical insurance.

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