I'm a CML and CLL patient. I'm 56 years old and don't collect stamps, trading cards or toy soldiers, no... I collect leukaemias.
As you can see in the picture, no haematological results can take away my crazy desire for living. At first I didn't take my disease as positively as I do now, that is the truth. I was working substituting as a clinic assistant at Valme's Hospital in Seville. It was 2005 and I was very happy with my 3-month contract.
I took a regular medical control at work and when I got my results I saw that there were more stars than in a captain's uniform. Unbelievable! I was feeling great. They sent me to Dr. Simón who took some tests: a lumbar puncture, an echography, etc. The diagnosis was confirmed: I had Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia. I have to say that the gentleness, interest and dedication of my doctor made the news easier to deal with, both for my family and me.
At that time, my family and friends were a great support for me; both for crying and laughing... all two are equally necessary. That was my first treatment: love. In these situations, everyone gets sick, not only the patient, and it has to be very hard to deal with a sick loved one. I was moved to the Virgen del Rocío Hospital, for it was closer to my house, and I was treated, until his retirement, by Dr. Parody.
I was treated with Glivec for 4 years. After that, Dr. Montero, who is treating me now, changed my medication to Tasigna for an increase in molecular activity.
Right now it's been 2 years with this treatment and I was totally asymptomatic but, this year's February, in one of my regular check-ups, I was diagnosed CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia). How is it possible? Well, it is. I don't need treatment for this new one, but the check-ups will have to be more often.
I'm not going to say I have no fear, it's only human and denying it is absurd, but it isn't going to beat me, I'm not going to let it. I have worked as a sales person, I started a nursery, a residence for old people, I got married and had 3 wonderful children, and when they got older, I made my dream come true, become a clinic assistant, get my license... Is everything done? Not at all, I have so many plans for the future, become a grandmother so I can be a nanny, study English, sign language and, of course, travel, travel and travel. Because I know French we have only been travelling around France (the picture you see is in Notre Dame, Paris), apart from a cruise we took to the Greek Islands. Only once we went to London and that is why I am interested in learning English. I want to go to Japan, Germany, and Norway, take another cruise... and when I grow older and I'm no longer able to take flights, I'll travel around Spain which is gorgeous and has nothing to envy the rest of the countries. But that will be when I grow older :)