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The Regalado Family

My name is Adalira Regalado. I have 4 children, Cindy, 13, Zuleika, 11, Karla, 8 and Jesus Adrian, 5, that was born December 26, 1998. In 2001, the ghost of cancer first appeared in our lives. I was diagnosed with uterine cancer, and I had to have surgery for it. I had to have treatment after that. It was a very difficult time since just hearing the word “cancer” signified death for me. I was scared for my four children and since my family is not here with me to support me I didn’t know what to do. I have been in remission for almost 3 years, although I still have to go for regular check-ups and trying to continue a normal life full of "Esperanza (Hope)."

Esperanza is one of the most important things to have to survive a situation like this. Thinking that everything would get better, time went by and life continued until on September 29 of 2003 began the most difficult time in my and my family’s lives. That day my son Jesus was diagnosed with cancer, with ALL. That was one of the worst moments of my life, hearing the diagnosis from the doctors of the hospital. A whole lot of emotions came to me at once, as well as questions without answer. Seeing my son in a bed made me feel impotent, without faith in life or anything. I had lost Hope (Esperanza).

This went on until one day someone in the hospital told me about an organization that helped parents of children with cancer and more importantly that they understood and helped us in our own language. For me, “PADRES” has been the greatest help I could find to get me through this road that I have to go through. They are not only here to help you with their needs but also help me feel that I am not alone, that I can count on them for everything. Their support has been invaluable for me since going to that little office one finds a great heart of each of the workers there, willing to listen to you, help you and give you a hand to continue in this road and to hold you when one feels that one needs to cry. They also give you a smile to brighten your gray days. PADRES made my children happy during Christmas, they helped me find a better place to live, have helped me financially. I see that they not only help me, but other families that are in the same situation. The most important thing is that they made me feel that I am not alone, and with them I will always find support and help. They helped me regain my “Esperanza” and that is something that cannot be paid with anything.

Thanks, PADRES Contra el Cáncer.

July 15, 2004

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