Hello, I'm Ángel Manuel Domínguez and in August 2010 I was diagnosed with leukaemia. I was treated with chemotherapy and in April 2011 I underwent an autologous transplant. Apparently, the tests they performed indicated that I was in remission. Nonetheless, not long after that, they detected that my platelets and haemoglobin hadn't normalized completely and, therefore, after several analytics, the head of haematology at the Hospital Universitario in Canarias told me that I had to undergo a hematopoietic transplant, for my cells were old and they weren't performing as well as they should.
The news was a "surprise" and a total blow after that long and hard process I had gone through: chemo, auto transplant, total isolation because of my low defences, normal in these cases... They started treating me with Vidaza® one week every month and I was so lucky that the treatment started to give positive results in the second session, when the normal thing is after the 5th or 6th session.
Right now I am still in treatment and everything is going well, especially because my doctor told me that they are already working with a few possible compatible donors. Meanwhile I feel "fine"; platelets rise when I get my treatment and I get a shot in my belly twice a week. I go to my regular check up every week to control my platelets, all of this in the day hospital, where I've been going for several months. It is a pleasure to be at home, receiving the care and affection of my wife, children and brothers, who, sadly, aren't compatible with me.
I have contacted the José Carreras Foundation and, once again, I have regained hope, especially with how they have treated me, rapidly answering my doubts. I wish I had known about them earlier. Warm regards to the workers there, and the most important, I want to encourage the whole country to become bone marrow and umbilical cord donors, it should be a legal obligation, for I know that not enough information is given to those mothers who have the chance to give such an essential cord. We have to think that this is a lottery and anyone can be given this terrible diagnosed, I hope that in time these lottery tickets go to waste because they have found a way to stop this illness.
Now I have to wait and see if they find the appropriate donor for me so that I can undergo the transplant. I am hopeful and happy with the care I have been getting from the doctors and, of course, from the José Carreras Foundation, who are amazing. It is important not to lose hope, especially when you hear fresh news from people who have been through the same thing as you. Keep going and contact me whenever you need!
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