Letter from Zuriñe Arratibel.

May 30, 2021 | Oncology

I am a 21-year-old girl from a town near Vitoria-Gasteiz.
I have grown up in a family environment. My family has always taught me values that have helped me during my childhood to achieve my dreams. Some of them are humility, sincerity, being a good person, etc.

Since I was little I knew that I wanted to dedicate myself to the business world, to organize and plan projects in companies. I always played organizing papers, picking up the phone ... I used to help my parents as much as I could in accounting for the business.

In order to convert my dream of being the director of a large multinational, at the age of 17 I went to study Business Administration in Madrid.
During my academic years, I combined my career studies with languages, such as English, French and Chinese.
I also spent my time doing local (school support) and international volunteering (I spent a month in Brazil with children).

When I was in second year of the race, in May I decided to go home due to severe pain in my right leg.
The first thing we did before we got home was go through the emergency room and they diagnosed me with osteosarcoma.
It was not the diagnosis that I expected and all the plans and projects I had for that summer changed in the blink of an eye.

I was lucky to be accompanied, at the time of diagnosis, by my mother and my aunt. Together we have made a good team and they are the ones who have always accompanied me at every step.

It was a time to rethink everything, but we chose to understand the disease as an opportunity for personal growth and learning.

From then on, I decided to trust all the decisions we make, and especially in life.

In a few days I had many changes that I was not used to. My family was always there to support me and make me understand that things are not always as one plans.

In that time my life changed in many ways. I stopped having stress because I wanted to control everything, I moved away from toxic people and dedicated myself to taking care of myself, resting and eating well.

To take care of my body , María Dùol's Oncology creams were very special.
Thanks to these creams I did not have the side effects of chemotherapy on my skin. I'm very fortunate. From the first day I was lucky to meet María D'Uol and apply the creams.

Every day, the time of the bath and afterwards, applying the repairing oil along with the repairing balm was one of my favorite moments. They made me have perfect skin and it also smelled delicious.

These creams so important to me came in a very nice way. I met María Unceta-Barrenechea, the founder of María D'Uol , in Madrid, when she lived in the Vedruna residence hall. She came on the occasion of the 50th anniversary as a former student to tell us about her business career and her great oncology cosmetic project.

To this day, I have grown and evolved in many ways. My ambitions at the work level are not so great, they are more realistic, and when I study I do it to learn and enjoy.

I really value the moments of calm, the laughs with my friends, the after-dinner talks with my family ... and above all I have learned to listen to my body and do what it asks of me at all times.

For me to give some advice to someone who goes through this experience is difficult. Each person experiences situations in their own way and none is better than another, it is always the right one for that person at that moment.

But I would recommend some habits that have helped me a lot.

  • Listen to what your body tells you, don't panic, trust.
  • Life always offers you the right thing at all times.
  • Free yourself from the things that don't make you feel good, from all the burdens.
  • Stay away from pessimistic people who do not bring you good things.
  • Read books to learn about the disease.
  • Be positive about people who have gone through a similar situation and today are living a full and happy life.
  • To feel comfortable with yourself, eat healthy and good quality food, do sports.