Misconceptions about leukemia, stigma, and perceptions that people with cancer either can’t handle challenging work or that they will soon exit the workforce due to their chronic illness or treatment are frequently barriers to careers trajectories like yours. How did you manage your CML diagnosis and you achieve coming back to work with the disease?
At the beginning of my medical treatment, I was taking interferon, causing me a lot of pain, fever, headache. Sometimes I barely stood up, but still went to my job at the radio, giving there my best. I was lucky enough to have a supportive working team. During the following years, my illness slowly worsened and I heavily hoped for a bone marrow donor. And then a strange coincidence happened – I have got two offers: one for a dream job of correspondent in Brussels and another – a donor. At the same time, I read that in the USA, a new medicine with high hopes was been developed for CML. Finger crossed, I took the job. I did the right thing.