Tomorrow I’m going home from hospital after 17 days. I’ve gone through a stem cell transplant. I first got sick in August and have been treated with Velcade. I have received the best care from my doctor, the nurses, the counselor and I’m very happy I didn’t have to stand in line for treatment in August.

The diagnosis of Myeloma came as a shock. How could I, a 45-year-old woman, have cancer? It was a shock to all of us, my husband, our son, my parents and friends. There has been a lot of crying. The shock has passed, but it still feels unreal. I have a disease that is going to stay with me for the rest of my life, unless they find a cure.

Tomorrow I’m getting back to life. My goal is to get back to work in August. I’m a teacher, which is the best job in the world. I miss my colleagues, my students and a regular everyday life. Being sick makes you appreciate the simple things in life. Best of luck to all of you out there.

– Ulrika

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