Interviews and testimonies about haematological malignancies and women
In this section you will find medical testimonies regarding women who suffer from or have overcome leukaemia and other haematological malignancies. The stories touch on the lives of the patients and how they have dealt with the side effects of chemotherapy and the possibility of becoming sterile.
Sonia Fuentes Sanmarín is a psychologist and coordinator of the pyscho-oncology ward at the Catalan Oncology Institute in the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, in Badalona (Barcelona). Sonia is a clinical psychologist and has 18 years of experience in the field. We had the opportunity to ask her about some of the aspects that can affect a person who is diagnosed with cancer: personal image, how to talk about the disease, possible infertility....
Teresa is 39 years old and she was born and lives in Mallorca. In July 1986, when she was 14 years old, she received a huge blow for a teenager: a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML5). After following the chemotherapy treatment and undergoing a bone marrow transplant, she was left with a problem that would affect her life: the chemotherapy drugs caused her to become sterile. For her the solution, not without its problems, was international adoption
Lucía is 28 and lives in Polinyà (Barcelona). In 2005, she received a terrible diagnosis: acute myeloid leukaemia. She was 23 and was working as a physiotherapist in Rome with a friend. In July 2006 she underwent a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor which was located by the Josep Carreras Foundation.
Susana is 38 and lives in Zaragoza. In July 1991, when she was just about to turn 18, she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Following Chemotherapy treatment she underwent an autologous stem cell transplant in Hospital Clinic Barcelona. Despite thinking that she wouldn't be able to have children due to the chemotherapy and high level radiotherapy she had undergone, today she is the natural mother of three children
Nuria is 34 years old and lives in the province of Barcelona. In April 2007 eight words changed her life: Acute myeloid leukaemia with inversions in chromosome 16. At that time she was 30 years old and had gotten married to her boyfriend Toni six months earlier.
Judit is 37 years old and lives in Zaragoza. In April 2004, when she was 30 years old and pregnant, she received a huge blow: she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. After following the chemotherapy treatment in the Clinic Hospital in Zaragoza, and having an abortion, Judit underwent an autologous bone marrow transplant.