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HAVING HOPE
applied with abraxus since December up to
March, but it didn't work.
In April I had my fourth PET-scan and
more metastases were found, now in the sternum, the clavicle, and cervical and pectoral
regions. As you can imagine I was devastated, not only because of the metastases, but
in addition, a big tumor grew in my right
breast, the sternum was deformed and I was
unable to move my right arm.
I went to see the doctor that took care of me
for two and a half years, but they mentioned
that there was nothing else they could do for
me. They wished me " luck, " and as if they
were gods, they predicted " 6 months of life. "
The pain was a part of my daily life, but
my faith, positive attitude, and courage were
always there. The only doctor left caring for
me was my Radiologist. He helped me, and
we agreed to 10 sessions of radiotherapy.
However, after the fourth one, I started to feel
a very bad pain in my back, the next day my
doctor told me that we could not continue,
but he referred me to another oncologist.
With the new oncologist, we talked about
performing a very complicated surgery in
which I would lose my right breast, and they
would remove some skin. I gave permission
to proceed to do it.
The surgery was scheduled for June 16th.
The 12th I was coming back home after my
last appointment when a pain in my right
lung appeared. My parents took me immediately to the hospital, and there we learned
that my liver was greatly enlarged and it
was compressing my lung. The surgery was
cancelled as a result.
The next day in the hospital, a clinical oncologist, Doctor Lugo, who has become one of
my angels, came to see me, he told me about
a perfect chemotherapy for triple negative
breast cancer, and Doctor Lugo, who has
become one of asked me to give it a chance
for only three sessions; if it did not work I
would be able to stop it. I accepted the deal.
I stayed as inpatient, also with the purpose
of controlling the pain; June 15th was the
day of chemotherapy. I remember that the
next night I listened to everything in my surroundings but I was unable to move. My mom
approached me and noticed my complaining;
suddenly I was not responding. My mom was
very scared, thinking about the worst. I started
to enter a white tunnel; one voice was saying,
" You are dying, " I didn't want that. I was
fighting to come back, my parents needed me.

Mindfullness

At the end I was dead for some minutes.
I was fighting, even without vital signs,
I listened to everything.
At the end I was dead for some minutes.
I was fighting, even without vital signs, I
listened to everything.
For some reason, the medical staff left the
room; my mom came to me and started to tell
me how much she loved me and how much
she needed me. She told me how fortunate she
and my dad were for having me as a daughter,
she was speaking to me in the sweetest tone
and I started to come back.
My mom says that my first words were
" Mamá! Mamá! "
Some minutes later, already conscious,
we hugged each other and we cried as never
before. The doctors said that it was a severe
intoxication because of the multiple drugs,
that is why even my vitals were gone. This
experience marked my life, and I am sure that
God gave me another chance in this world.
Later, I felt even more grateful for the
opportunity because the tumor in the right
breast started to diminish in size, the sternum was back to its place, and I was able to
move my arm again. There is no doubt: It
was a miracle.
The miracle would not be possible without
my family's unconditional love and support,
especially from my parents.
Currently, I am in my third cycle of chemotherapy and I will have my 5th PET-scan
at the end of it.
Until today, I have received 65 " chemos, "
and 50 radiotherapy sessions. For me the sky
is the limit, as long as there is life there will
be hope. After this experience, I work hard
every day thinking that miracles do happen;
I consider myself one. Without a doubt, I feel
proud of being an example of perseverance,
patience and faith. The change from " Why? "
to " For what? " After my diagnosis, I made
my decision to be an example of love and
testimony of God. I hope that my story can
make people change the " why " to " for what, "
and help them to never lose their faith, never
lose the persistence, the strength, the humility the gratitude and overall... the HOPE. l

T R A NSL AT E D BY DR .
DI E G O C RU Z V I DA L A N D
DR . J E A N E T T E TAV E R A S

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