MARI´S BASIC RULES
"I'd like to wish you all a happy new year, full of hope, which is something that moves us all.
My story is very similar to that of Sr. Carreras; I got leukaemia when I was 20 years old and at 23 I underwent an autologous transplant in order to gain some time until I could have a new bone marrow. It took longer than expected, so long in fact that I really thought the writing was on the wall. However, after 10 years of waiting, it finally appeared. The transplant was very tough, with a strong graft against the host, but here I am, trying to do my bit with this story to demonstrate that even the toughest situations can be overcome. It is never, never too late to be hopeful. Once I had overcome my illness, I adopted my daughter. You can see me with my little girl in the photo above. Believe me, there is light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to follow several basic rules. These rules can be difficult to achieve, but they will lead you to a higher strength in order overcome this part of your life.
1.- BE HOPEFUL: nobody knows what is round the corner. It is incredible the strength that we can have if we just try.
2.- HAVE TRUST: in our doctors, in our family, in ourselves.
3.- BE OPTIMISTIC: I know it is difficult. The truth is that on many occasions I wasn't optimistic and therefore I know just what a waste of time it is to think the worse.
4.- IN MY OPINION THE MOST IMPORTANT IS, TO FIGHT: it is hard and tough, but we will have time to rest later. When I was isolated, and I started to feel very depressed, I had to give it everything and a little bit more. I asked for a card, and on it I wrote a sentence that I liked a lot from a TV ad. It said: "FIGHT, GIRL, FIGHT". I stuck it on my hospital wardrobe and everytime I cried, I looked at it and said to myself that the illness was not going to be stronger than me, and if it finally was, it would be after a long, long battle. As you can see, I finally won, so I advise you to fight and show the illness what are we capable of doing.
I wish you the best of luck, lots of courage and hope. We love you".
Mari and Yodi
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