My name is Mateo Miras. I was diagnosed Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) in December 2011, at the hospital I work in, as a maintenance technician. After having 2,000 leukocytes during a year and a half, and a small neutrophil, I accepted undergoing a series of test, which didn’t lead to anything that made the doctors suspect there was anything wrong with me. To this I have to add that I was completely asymptomatic.
One day I decided to go to the lab and I spoke to a haematologist about my situation. Seeing my history, he didn’t see anything alarming at first glance, but he decided to take a complete study. He discovered I had Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia and confirmed it with a sternum puncture. From that moment on I can assure you that my whole world tumbled and I even doubted that the blood they were analysing was really mine. I had a hard time accepting it but in the first three months of treatment I entered remission.
After all of this, the good response to my treatment, the acknowledgement of what is really going on in my body, I have to say that I am thankful to life for giving me another opportunity, for having the family, friends and co-workers I have. All of this makes me make other people aware of the importance of becoming a bone marrow donor, of fighting against onco-haematological illnesses and cancer, as other people like María Peña, Janire, Ainara and many other people I’ve met lately do. I assure you that, due to my job, I see a lot of patients who have a very hard time, waiting for the transplant, being in some cases too late. It is necessary to spread this cause. I am very willing to fight for those who haven’t had the same luck as me. Today I still have my job and I am very lucky that I have never had to miss a day of work due to my illness.
We are carrying out nice projects from our Cofradía de Semana Santa in Aguilas, made by 20 member and two teams of the Real, Ilustre y Fervorosa Cofradía y Hermandad de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno y María Santísima de la Soledad. In July 2012, many of them became donors.
I want to thank all of the people that are by my side, in one way or another. My plans for the future are to keep living this opportunity that life has given me. I want to thank my haematologist, Dr. García Garay, for being so close and professional. She teaches me that we have to move on without fears and with confidence. I also want to thank the work done in the José Carreras Foundation to fight against Leukaemia and other blood illnesses. Finding them after receiving the diagnosis of my illness was very important for me. You always end up with unresolved questions that, in the Foundation, were answered.
Warm regards, life doesn’t end here. CARPE DIEM".
Mateo Miras Hernández