FROM THE DESERT TO THE HOSPITAL
Maite, a 28-year-old girl suffering from leukaemia, decided to share her experience with us on the eve of our annual Awareness campaign. Her story will help us to create awareness about the disease, but above all, it will help us to show that we are progressing towards the day when all patients can be completely cured.
Maite during her last admission in November 2009
"I never thought that I would have to go through this. On the 1st of August of 2009 my life changed dramatically. The same day that I came back from a trip to Tunisia, I went to the hospital to get some bruises checked out as they were appearing all over my body. It turned out that I had to stay there for a long time.
Maite, a few days before being diagnosed, during a trip to Tunisia
I couldn't believe it. What was happening to me? Doctors and nurses coming in and leaving the room all the time, until they said to me: "Maite, you have leukaemia" (acute promyelocytic leukaemia).
I was 28 years old and had cancer. I didn't know which chapter of my life I had missed. A few days earlier I was riding a camel in the desert and now I was lying in a hospital bed. Everything was negative. Nothing looked good. Shot after shot. Painful examinations. It was a nightmare and I couldn't wake up.
Maite, just after being admitted to hospital
However, step by step, I've been waking up. It's been 7 months since then, and now I can see everything another way. I had to deal with a lot of complications, but I've overcome them. I'm on the right path, still fighting, and I hope I can still cause a lot of trouble. It's really hard, but it's possible to recover. So, to anyone who is unfortunately going through this: Cheer up!
Warm regards to all of you and to our families who are always with us".
Maite, just after leaving the ICU where she had been admitted due to a heart problem
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