Message from Mercè and Alexandra, wife and daughter respectively, of Josep Torras. Josep is a 54 year old Hodgkin's Lymphoma patient who stayed in the flat close to the Clinic Hospital in Barcelona
Transcript of the messages:
Message from Josep's wife, Mercè: "The 8th of May 2011. I am Mercè Rossell and I recently I have been the principal carer for my husband, Josep Torras. First and foremost I would like to thank everyone for their support. I want to especially thank the Foundation and Esther, and above all, Dr. Francesc Fernández and his team for giving me the chance to know incredible people, focused people and "good" people.
It is an extraordinary feeling to be treated this way during the middle of such a tough fight against disease. I have always been convinced that we were in the best hands and I leave this flat with my husband after his recovery, completely convinced by my previous thoughts. Thank you to everyone, especially Cristina Gallego, with whom we have had the most contact.
Warmest regards to everyone, you will always be in my heart".
Message from Josep's daughter, Alexandra: "The 7th of May 2011. Hello, I am called Alexandra and I am the eldest daughter of Josep and Mercè. I am here because my father is sick, even though he doesn't look it. In fact, if we are here it's because he is getting better. Life has given him another opportunity as he continues his treatment against Hodgkin's Lymphoma. No one said this would be easy; on the contrary, there are many people who do not even have the option of treatment.
The news was hard to take for us all. You feel like all you want to do is cry, as if everything is going against you. However, you have to be strong when a loved one is suffering (in my case, my Dad). Since the first day, he has been the strongest. He has had more optimism than anyone, he has believed in himself and in the team of professionals that have been impeccable in every aspect, it is for these reasons that we are leaving soon.
Throughout it all my mother has been a tower of strength. She has fibromyalgia and has dedicated all her time and effort to care for my Dad and be by his side, whilst at no moment neglecting her two children.
I cannot express the pride I feel for the family I have; I cannot find a single fault with any one of them. I am proud to be the daughter of two people who have faced difficulties in life; sadly more frequent all the time. Mum, Dad, stay strong! I hope that we will all be together at home soon. You are the people I love the most in this world.
I give huge thanks to the nurses that are always there. I do not have the pleasure of knowing them personally but every day I hear about them. Thank you to everyone at the José Carreras Foundation and to the grandma who donated this flat, which has been really comfortable and has provided a roof for my family".