Hello, my name is Monica and I had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML M3) 8 years ago.
I could tell you a lot of things about my disease, and more good things than bad things, although a lot of people may be surprised, but it's the truth.
I was diagnosed leukaemia in a routine control and from that moment on, my life changed completely for good, yes, I said for good.
I didn't take my illness as if I ware going to die, I took it as a life changing situation where I had to think positively. I spent 3 months in the La Paz Hospital in Madrid. Blessed 6th floor of Haematology! It became my home, my 5-star hotel, with a staff that treated us like kings and queens.
Enjoying the sun and life.
I went through my chemotherapy cycles like everyone and, luckily, they didn't affect me much physically, I'm referring to the nausea, because hair, I had none.
I didn't need a transplant and, if I had needed one, it would have been an autologous transplant, from my own bone marrow.
I just want to say that we are not to take the illness as the worst thing that could happen, we have to fight and keep going with strength and with a sense of humor, always think positively and never give up.
I spent three years taking pills and started to live my "normal" life, as people tend to say. I started enjoying my walks, my friends, my family, the sun, the beach, the mountain, the... THE LIFE.
Writing the letter to the Three Kings.
FIGHT!!! To all of those who are going through this right now, in the end everything finishes and it will be you who is telling this story like I am right now, in a past tense.
I was discharged 5 years ago, I go to my annual checkups (I get a shot and head back home).
I leave you this quote I once read, I don't remember who wrote it, but it marked me and I use it quite frequently:
"WHATEVER IT IS THAT LIFE HAS GIVEN YOU, IT IS JUST A LOAN".
I always add at the end: "ENJOY IT"
So... enjoy life.
Kisses to all and have a lot of STRENGTH.
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