In September 2004 my life took an unforeseen direction. I was diagnosed with a rare type of an untreatable cancer, synovial sarcoma. Since the diagnosis I have gone through 12 radical surgeries, 18 months of chemotherapy treatment and some 80 radiotherapy sessions, and I became part of a new world, the sarcoma world. Sarcomas are cancers of the bone, muscle, fat, blood vessels, and other supporting tissue of the body, including synovial tissue.
Sarcomas account for about 1% of all diagnosed adult cancers and for some 10 to 15% of children cancers. Synovial sarcoma specifically is “young adults’ cancer”. This cancer develops slowly over many years. There are many of us fighting the battle against this disease for years. However the battle is hard and only a few survive it, and even fewer manage to share their stories. I have therefore decided to share my story with those who would be interested in reading it.
This is a story of pain and struggle, a story of joy and optimism, a story about friends lost and friends found, and a story of a battle for life.
Download: Veronica’s story December 2010