High professionalism and patient-focused approach of the Sheba clinic doctors saved my life – Story of Aleksey
It started quite simply in 2016, one day Aleksey find a lump on the right side of the neck. However, doctors suspected that something was wrong and sent him to a cervical lymph node biopsy. The diagnosis carcinoma shocked him. Trying to find out the way from this situation, Aleksey remembered that his friend had passed the successful treatment at Sheba clinic. That is why he decided to travel to Israel for medical treatment.
It’s been three years since I completed my treatment at Sheba. Now, other than going for check-ups every six months, I only have a few minor side effects – none of which interfere with my joy of life! I’ve learned to accept life as it is, and I call it “my new normal.”
My general attitude towards illness and life has changed. Before I was first diagnosed with cancer, I was terrified to even think about the disease. Now, I know what it is, and I know how to prevent it in the future. I work hard not to allow negative emotions into my life, only positive ones. I tell myself and others – don’t dwell on fear!
I’ve also learned the importance of listening to yourself. The body tells you what you can and cannot do – what’s best to limit, when to rest, when you can push yourself harder. I started asking myself more questions, and the answers came. Of course, answers aren’t always immediate, and often, they need to be interpreted.
I had always dreamed of having a son. But the cancer and the difficult treatment I underwent left me with minimal chances of preserving healthy reproductive function. All of this put a lot of pressure on me. But as my body began to recover, I asked my questions and I got my answers. I felt I could resume training and playing sports… and the physical activity gave me the impetus for further recovery. All of this led to our giving birth to a healthy boy (now 1.8 years old), born after two girls.
After my cancer treatment, I can clearly identify my life priorities. My three children – they are my priorities.