My name is Maxine Perez.
I'm 20 years old and I attend college.
The first time I was diagnosed with Leukemia (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), I was 12 years old.
I was in remission for almost 6 years. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed again with ALL in Jan 18, 2008.
This time my doctor and his colleagues agree that a bone marrow transplant would be the treatment of choice to save my life.
I and my family agree. Fortunately, two of my siblings are perfect matches for me to receive a transplant.
In the mean time, I am presently undergoing the usual Leukemia treatment, chemo, radiation and many hospital stays to get
the disease in remission and to prepare my body for the bone marrow transplant.
I feel blessed and lucky to have all the support I need from my family, friends and even strangers that don't even know me
and it gives me the strength, courage and confidence to keep fighting and conquer this terrible disease.
I have a whole life ahead of me and I'm not ready to say good bye.