In 2008, I received a diagnostic which changed my life and the one of all the people around me: a follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This form of lymphoma is, and remains up to now, incurable. After fighting for over 6 years and lots of chemotherapy (over 93 treatments), an autotransplant in 2012 and several research study protocols, the most recent in 2013, an incredible opportunity was given to me: a stem cell transplant from an umbilical cord. The transplant took place on June 26, 2014 at Montreal Royal Victoria Hospital. I would like to thank the 7M team and all the doctors who took care of my health. I left the hospital on July 29, 2014.
Let me tell you it was the biggest, the hardest, and the most terrifying battle I had to face in my life. But do not worry, I am a warrior, a natural fighter, able to take it. However, like all the battles, you need your clan and mine is ready to any challenge and filled with love; my husband, my parents,my family, my friends, all my work colleagues and my employers. I also have another clan with me, and it’s the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Real people are in the office, and they do everything for you to have all the information needed as a patient, family, supporter, and so on.
Imagine that they came to see me at the hospital when I had my transplant with lots of gifts for my room and they gave me real hugs. Who still does that today?I always said that if I had cancer, it would mean I have something to give to make a difference in the future. That’s why I totally endorse the LLSC because it represents our future. I will walk for all of us because I think and I am sure a complete cure is possible. Danielle for life