Hello everyone! I am Daniel Serrano Gallego, in October 2010 I was diagnosed Leukaemia and thanks to chemotherapy, today, I can tell you my story, for neither my brothers nor in REDMO, was there a compatible bone marrow for me. Going through the illness is a very hard path but from the first day I knew I would overcome it. I never lost hope, not even when my doctor told me I didn't have a donor.
It is a tough illness, but the drive to keep living helps and all of the advances and treatments that exist nowadays as well. This is why I want to encourage you to never lose hope, for you can beat leukaemia and in a lot of cases you can go on with your normal life.
I'm a Sergeant at the Land Army, chief of an anti-aircraft piece and I though, when they diagnosed my illness, that I would never be able to work again because in my job we tend to be exposed to hard physical efforts.
I have to be thankful for being able to go back to work after overcoming my disease. Today I have a normal life, as if my illness had only been a bad dream. I exercise, run more than a half hour every day; I have gone on tasks where we could hardly sleep and where the temperatures were below zero.
I encourage all of you to never lose the motivation to live, especially those children who unfortunately have to suffer this disease. Once you beat it you will be able to be whatever you like, a sergeant like me, a policeman, a fireman, a doctor... WHATEVER YOU WANT!
Inside me I felt that I had to somehow thank and help all of those who have helped me and so I have encouraged my work colleagues to become bone marrow donors. For this reason I am thankful to my Coronel for helping me organize everything I needed. On April 26th, with the help of Dr. Asunción Chaves (Transfusion Centre in Valencia) we held a conference for my work colleagues and we obtained 17 donors for REDMO.
I don't know if this is a lot or not but if one day they call one of my colleagues so that he gives bone marrow, I will feel very happy for having helped save someone's life.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the care received from the staff in the hospital, from Dr. Tormo to the cleaning ladies. To everyone, thank you!
I hope that my story is helpful and that you can be stronger thanks to it.
Like this I say good bye. I HOPE YOU ARE TOUGH AND THAT YOU NEVER LOSE HOPE. THERE ARE A LOT OF THING LEFT TO LIVE.
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