MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: TERESA'S STORY
Teresa's letter ( received 6 December 2008), addressed to all leukaemia sufferers:
In July 1986, when I was only 14, I was diagnosed with M5 acute leukaemia, which at the time was quite inauspicious. The fact that I have no siblings and my blood type is O+ only made things worse.
As I am from Majorca, I received chemotherapy at Son Dureta Hospital. In May 1987 I relapsed, had chemotherapy again in Palma and in September 1987 I had an autologous bone marrow transplant at Barcelona's Hospital Clínic. Josep Carreras and I happened to be there at the same time, he was in chamber 2, when I was in 3 but we were both in isolation and never saw each other. His wife was by my window all the time and entertained me when my mother went out to rest.
I don't remember exactly what my plans were at the time, but I do know they have all been accomplished. I studied psychology and took a postgraduate course in Development Cooperation in Barcelona; besides, I have travelled all over the world , done the Inca trail twice and met people from many different countries.
The treatments rended me unable to bear children, but even facing this fact I have managed to defeat both the disease and fate. Last February I went to Nepal and adopted my son Kailash, who's now almost three years old.
I hope this story will encourage other people who are currently going through this difficult experience. Don't forget this is just an interval, as my mother used to say; after this, your strength will have no limits. The world is your oyster - do, enjoy, live, love and share.
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