“I’m eternally grateful” — Rafael’s new chance at life

27 March 2014

It all began in early 2011. At first I just had a little cold. I felt as if I had no energy and I was short of breath. I would break out in a sweat even when doing small jobs. I felt as if I had just run a kilometer. I didn’t know what was wrong with me.

Then I received the diagnosis: blood cancer. My world collapsed; my head was empty and I couldn’t get to grips with it. My psycho-oncologist told me that the brain triggers a kind of protective function in such situations. A year of chemotherapy, radiation, and tests followed, which was full of pain, anxiety, and emotional chaos. But it was also a time of hope and new friendships. The hospital became a home away from home. Without all the people who took care of me, and especially without the stem cell donor who saved me, I wouldn’t be here today, able to enjoy my life again. I feel a new sense of optimism and joy.

I feel a new sense of optimism and joy.

All that remains is for me to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who was at my side during these difficult times and who helped me get through everything. In particular, I would like to thank DKMS, who are doing a wonderful professional job supporting so many people. I am happy to be a part of this family as a patient – even today, after my illness.