Hello! I am Sara and when I was 18 years old I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.
I suffered a couple of blackouts and decided to visit the emergency department. They told me it didn’t look like anything, but scheduled a blood test to make sure. It was on the basis of these tests that I was diagnosed with this leukaemia on 24 March 2014. From that day on I was isolated and the punctures and all the chemotherapy treatment began.
At 18, the last thing you expect is to be told you have cancer. It seems to be something that only happens to others, that it can’t possibly affect you… The moment they said that word, everything came crashing down on me. The first thought I had was: “That’s it…I’m going to die, I’m dying!” and the first feeling was fear, which completely took over me.
Little by little, as the days go by and the results begin to improve, that’s when you gradually braver and you find the strength and the will to fight from where you thought you had none left. I had several admissions and on 22 August 2014 I underwent a bone marrow transplant, which was possible thanks to an anonymous donor.
The transplant was not a very pleasant experience, I had a myriad of sensations at the same time that did not make me feel good, but the psychologist helped me to analyse it and improve my attitude towards the disease.
Two and a half years after the transplant I had quite severe GVHD, which affected my skin, caused ulcers and a stiffness that affected my joints, leaving me unable to move around. But, thanks to rehabilitation, I have improved a lot and after 8 years, I am “recovered”, I live a totally normal life, adapted to my wheelchair and my limitations.
Leukaemia has not made it easy for me, but I know deep down that one day we will get rid of it. Thank you
With my story I want to support and encourage all those people who are going through the same thing or something similar, you have to stay very positive at all times.
I would also like to thank all those who have encouraged and supported me during the toughest and most difficult moments. Thanks to my family, my friends, my partner and, of course, to the entire haematology team at the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona and the Sant Pau Hospital, whose work each day is so invaluable.