In November 2010, after a very strange cold (mother's intuition), I asked Mario's doctor to order a blood test. The doctor felt bad for my son, for he was only 2 years old and a half, and she didn't want him to go through the pain of getting a shot. Nonetheless, two days later, she found him so pale that, when she looked at him in the white of the eye, she realized he was very anaemic. She ordered a blood test but, in a day and a half, Mario's tummy swelled a lot and on the day of the blood test I waited for the results at the consult for I knew something wasn't going well. Especially after doing that thing that doctor's never recommend: search the Internet.
I had been searching and all of the results took me in the same direction: leukaemia! I couldn't believe it, after all I am not a doctor and I needed the answer of one.
Charo, his doctor, send us quickly to the hospital when she saw Mario's tummy, and we even talked to her about the possibility of him having leukaemia, something which she probably already suspected. So, at 9.30 a.m. we were at the emergency room in Aranda del Duero's Hospital and at 5.30 p.m. we were already in the emergency room of Niño Jesus' Hospital in Madrid with our feared diagnosis: Acute Leukaemia.
Mario, during treatment
From fear we passed to denial, until we accepted the situation that has become part of our daily life since a year and a half ago. Mario had a rough time, as well as the rest of the kids that go through this illness. We suffered more than him maybe because we were aware of his illness and, although he didn't need a bone marrow transplant, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia is a very serious illness.
This is Mario today, thanks to his great doctors, his medication and his good response today.
I can't say anything but this: little by little we are winning the battle, we have never taken a step backward and, although this may seem a very dark path with no way out, there is one and YOU CAN GET PAST THIS!! We still have some way to go but every day I see children in the hospital who are healthy and with a lot of energy to live, and that is where we want to be, Mario and all of his family!!
Teresa, Mario's mom
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