You now have access to all the content in the PAREXEL Consulting Regulatory Portal. We look forward to engaging with you.
We will be in touch shortly.
Please complete our registration form to continue.
On the 23rd of March 2012, a few days before my 25th birthday, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. I was shocked, yes, because cancer happens to other people, it shouldn’t happen to me. Soon I accepted the diagnosis and decided that this disease will not win the fight.
After numerous tests, I received the news about the treatment regime on my 25th birthday. “What a gift,” I thought sarcastically. Thinking back now, it was indeed a great gift. Because of the bad ride, I learned the importance of life and how I should live it.
The treatment was very aggressive, and I received chemotherapy every week intravenously, as well as, through the lumbar puncture to prevent the cancer from spreading to my brain. I was told that if I am lucky enough to survive the treatment, I would never be able to have children. After only 4 weeks, I weighed only 77 pounds/35 kg and my body couldn’t take one more drop of chemotherapy. As a result of the treatment regime, I was rushed to the operating room with a tear in my colon. Statistically speaking, I had a 20% chance of surviving the surgery.
After a few hours of surgery, doctors were not positive. I was too weak to complete the treatment, but they also told me that if I stopped the treatment, the cancer might spread. For the first time since the diagnosis, I got scared. I remembered thinking that this can’t possibly be all there is to life, and I started to fight with newly found energy. I had to learn to eat and walk all over again. After a few weeks, to my relief, the doctors decided to skip the second phase of the regimen and to only continue with oral chemotherapy tablets for 18 months. I had great support from my friends, family, and colleagues and also had an excellent medical team.
It has been almost 5 years since the diagnosis. I am healthier than I ever was before. There is no sign of cancer in my body. And, best of all, I am happily married to the love of my life who was there for me throughout the treatment, and now we have 2 beautiful miracle babies, which we never thought we’d have. I am truly blessed.
World Cancer Day