Rosa Mari Rosell
Message from Rosa, a 52 year old myeloma multiple patient after her stay in the flat near Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, this year.
Transcript of the message:
"Hello, my name is Mari Rosell. I was born in la Seu d'Urgell, but I currently live in 'la Parroquia de Ordino', Andorra.
It all started on the 11th of September 2012. I was having a shower and, as I was getting out of the bathtub, I broke an arm. I was taken into A&E and got diagnosed multiple myeloma. My bone marrow was affected and it had spread out to the spine.
It all seemed to be a nightmare. I couldn't move my right arm so I wasn't able to do anything on my own (eating, going to the toilet, dressing up... everything) and on top of that, I had cancer.
I chose to fight for everyone who loved me because I knew that looking strong would help them get ahead. I would like to thank my family for being there.
I learnt how to write and draw with my left hand, which helped me keep busy those cold and long winter afternoons. On Mondays and Fridays I had to go to hospital to receive physical therapy for my right hand, and after that I was taking chemotherapy. I would like to thank my chemo nurses, especially Marta and Eva for their energy, and also Maria Pia and Anna, who made my arm and hand respond. All this lasted from September 2012 until January 2013.
I was given eleven radiotherapy sessions at Clinica Teknon. The next step: bone marrow self-transplant. However, I wasn't the lead actor in this story: I would like to thank Dr. Lobo for being by my side from day one; he took care of the whole follow-up process along with Dr. Xavier Latorra and Dr. Yvette Rius. I would also like to thank Dr. Nacho Torrero, my traumatology surgeon and Nuestra Señora de Meritxell's Hospital staff: they all made me feel great and very confident.
Thanks to the José Carreras Foundation, that offered with selflessness one of their flats near Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, where I could spend my time outside the hospital while in treatment, relaxing and painting. I would also like to thank Mrs. Esther Soto for her dedication and Mrs. Concepció Llauradó, who made possible for many patients the possibility of staying in an apartment near the hospital.
Many thanks to the apheresis team, Dr. Marin, Dr. Gutierrez, Dr. Francesc Fernández and their nurses, Cristina, Adela, Susanna and Albert. All of them have written new pages in my life book.
And to all of you who are in similar situations, don't lose your hope. I'm going to make my life into a one full of colours, fascinations and dreams. I'm going to enjoy starry nights and feel the wind caress my hair.
Thanks to everyone for making it happen!"