On a daily basis, we experience small changes in or on our bodies. Usually, these go away almost as quickly as they appear and aren’t overly concerning. If you have a feeling, however, that something should be checked out, you probably should have it looked at. This college athlete decided to have some mysterious dots on her skin checked out. It turns out that these were a sign of cancer.
Young Woman Shocked To Discover Tiny Dots On Her Arm Were A Sign Of Cancer
In November 2021, Helaina Hillyard was a fit, healthy, 20-year-old college basketball player from Iowa. Today, she is fighting a battle against cancer. Specifically, a type of blood cancer called B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Her only signs were tiny, strange freckle-like spots that first appeared on her arms after practice one night. Over the next few hours, those spots grew and began appearing elsewhere on her body. Wisely, she decided to go to the hospital to have them looked at. (1)
The doctors quickly sent her to the emergency room for blood work. Her results showed she had extremely low blood levels. The doctors then told her that the spots on her skin were called petechiae, which appear as the result of internal bleeding.
They then transferred her to another hospital right away. Helaina found herself sitting face to face with an oncologist. That oncologist then delivered terrible news: Helaina had blood cancer. Specially, B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
The Spots Were The Only Sign
The news, naturally, came as a huge shock. Helaina was a young, fit, healthy woman. She was an athlete. She did not feel unwell by any means and had zero other signs of illness.