My name is Yoli. I’m 26 years old. 7 years ago I was diagnosed with CML (Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia). I´m actually working as a nurse, but at that time I was only a student, and I did not understand very well what was happening to me. Thanks to the doctors and to my class mates, friends and family, the moment of the diagnosis was not so hard.
After one month in the hospital, I started taking Glivec ©. It worked really well, but they told me that I still had to go through a bone marrow transplant. Several tests confirmed that my 10 year old brother was totally compatible, and that he could be my donor, my life insurance. That was the hardest moment I have had to live, as I did not want my brother to have to go through that, but he understood his role very well despite his age.
I decided that nothing would affect me, that nothing could stop my life, so while I waited for the transplant, I continued studying and I finished the grade. After some months with Glivec ©, that worked perfectly, we reconsidered the idea of the transplant. I had really had time to prepare for it and I was ready, but the day that they decided to take me out of the transplant hospital in order to continue with the control tests it was as if I had born again, I started a new life.
Yoli, with her brother.
Since then I have a totally normal life. I don’t feel different because of the medication or because I go from time to time to check my health. I simply take into account how lucky I am to feel ok, and to be able to continue my life and my dreams. I life the present and I try to use the past to help me take decisions but not to condition them. I am sure I will enjoy the life I have and I am grateful for it every day.
On June 23rd 2012, Yolanda participated in the José Carrera’s Foundation “Value Life” Project, in Lerida, with other patients and ex-patients of leukaemia and other haematological illnesses.
Although my experience is short, I wanted to share it with all of you in order to give you support and strength to fight.