TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
Today is a very important day for Rosario. She will always cherish the 14th of January 2010 because TODAY she is undergoing a bone marrow transplant. This could mean she will overcome the leukaemia she has been battling for 11 years.
Rosario with Alex (right) and Belén (left) from the José Carreras Foundation
Rosario is 61 years old and has been fighting against chronic lymphocytic leukaemia since 1999. At first the illness did not affect her very much and she was able to go on with her life. After six years of treatment and a certain "tolerance" to the illness, it became more aggressive. Rosario was receiving her treatment in Sabadell on the outskirts of Barcelona, but had to move to the Sant Pau Hospital in Barcelona, to undergo an experimental treatment. This seemed to work but, two years ago, Rosario had a severe relapse. From that moment, she had to undertake long chemotherapy sessions and the doctors decided the best option was a bone marrow transplant to eradicate the illness once and for all.
Because Rosario did not have any compatible relative, the José Carreras Leukaemia Foundation started to look for a non-related donor amongst the more than 13 million volunteer donors that there are around the world. And... we found one! "As grim as the situation is, I am happy because the bone marrow came quickly," -says Rosario- "although I am worried and I am scared my body will reject it". This is normal but we are convinced that you will fight your hardest to recover completely. Rosario has three children, aged 22, 28 and 32, and she dreams of being a grandmother one day: "I would be so excited!! Hopefully they will start working on it", she says happily.
Help people like Rosario by becoming a member of the cure for leukaemia and haematological malignacies, HERE. You will help us to continue our research so that one day these diseases will be 100% curable. With only a little you can do so much. Thank you!
Find out more about bone marrow donation, HERE