A MALDON woman who battled back from an aggressive form of leukaemia has had her story featured in a new art installation.

Michaela Dunn, 28, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in March 2013, after her mum called an ambulance and she was rushed to A&E.

She had visited her GP a number of times in the weeks before, having experienced a string of infections, nose bleeds and extreme fatigue.

Michaela underwent chemotherapy at St Bartholomew's Hospital and at the end of July 2013 she was told she was in remission.

Her story has been told in a large scale artwork in London’s Paternoster Square.

The installation represents the 104 people who are diagnosed with blood cancer every day in the UK, raising public awareness and making their experiences visible by telling their individual stories.

Michaela’s name, constructed in three dimensions at her exact height, with a summary of her blood cancer experience, features alongside other patients’ names and stories and plinths highlighting facts about blood cancer.

The pharmaceutical company Janssen commissioned artist Paul Cocksedge to create the installation, which will be on show until September 30.

Michaela, who is a patient ambassador for Bloodwise, said: “I am very proud to be a part of this campaign.

“Blood cancer awareness is so important and this is a fantastic way to do just that.

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

“The installation has the potential to reach new audiences and will touch people with the stories it tells.

"I am so thankful to all of those who helped me during my treatment and my sculpture is a tribute to them.”

Alasdair Rankin, Director of Research at Bloodwise, said: “We are delighted to be a part of this exciting campaign to raise awareness of blood cancer. It is a complex disease area and public awareness of many different types of blood cancer is limited.

"We’ll be working with our researchers, clinicians and of course patients and carers across the UK to help raise awareness throughout September. It is great to see so many charities joining forces on this campaign and making blood cancer visible.”

Around 39,000 people of all ages, from children to adults, are diagnosed with blood cancers and related disorders every year in the UK.