Andreea, a 19-year-old from Sibiu, has learned that she is suffering from a serious illness. Past by wrong diagnoses and treatments, he managed to find hope and healing with the help of doctors working in private clinics in Romania and abroad. All this was possible, however, with very high expenses from her parents. But the story does not end here, the fight with the life of life, and those who want to give a helping hand can make it through an online donation on Facebook. Below we invite you to discover the story of Andreea Ioana Floare.
REPORTER: What’s your story? What happened?
ANDREEA: 1 year and 25 days ago, after graduating the high school baccalaureate in the summer, and I had been admitted to college, I was with my mother at the Emergency Hospital in Sibiu, where I was going to be hospitalized. Unfortunately, because doctors could not establish a precise diagnosis after the investigations, I was forced to go with my mother to a private clinic in Cluj, where I was diagnosed with Wilson’s disease, copper deposition on the brain. Two days later, I got hospitalized at the Neurology Clinic of the University Emergency Hospital in Bucharest. That’s where the avent of my life began. Nearly every day blood is being harvested for analysis, because I was supposed to have another diagnosis daily.
After three weeks of hospitalization, with an absurd diagnosis and expensive treatment, which theoretically had to do to me, it made me much worse because she was experimental. Within a month I’ve gotten to use my hands, to have my convulsive daily, to stop talking about how I did it before, and finally to get immobilized in a wheelchair.
In April of this year I arrived at the Colentina Clinical Hospital, through a person impressed by my case, a lawyer at the base and through my mother’s friend and colleague. Then, after a series of analyzes, which the SUUB doctors did not even think about doing, I came to receive an infusion treatment, and from that moment on, the progress started. I mention that all analyzes to establish my diagnoses have been made in my private system, paid by my parents.
From November to April, I was the patient of a doctor from a private clinic in Bucharest, a renowned physician who misdiagnosed me with encephalitis, and then multiple sclerosis, making bimonthly roads to Bucharest to follow my evolution.
I am currently recovering, but not completely, I managed to overcome wheelchair immobilization, I managed to use my hands again and gradually to re-establish almost normal life.
In June this year, I had to withdraw from college because, due to my illness, I could not even get a day in classes, and the Romanian state university system does not offer the possibility of a medical postponement of a university year .
All this time, we did not just have troubles. During this period, the idea of writing a book, which was launched in June of this year, has sparked in my mind. The book is titled “Between Him and She” and presents the story of my situation.
REPORTER: How did you react when you got the diagnosis?
ANDREEA: Unfortunately, there were more misdiagnosis, mistaken, each received with sadness, but my mother was the one who always did not allow me to cry or give up fighting, forcing me to look ahead with hope, promising me every time that the solutions will be searched if necessary in China, and they will be found, because I have to live.
REPORTER: What did the treatment take and what were the costs?
ANDREEA: Each diagnosis involved another treatment, the huge costs being borne by my parents.
REPORTER: How did those around you know? And how did they react?
ANDREEA: The world has begun to learn little by little either from me or from my parents, or from the acquaintances who knew about my situation and the social networks. Most have been to me both physically and spiritually, through a good thought or prayer.
REPORTER: How long have the necessary funds been raised and how?
ANDREEA: Funds have only begun to gather since June, when I asked for help by selling books and raising funds to get to a private hospital in Istanbul.
Support to Andreea came also from Speed & Trust in Braşov, who made a donation with a foundation in Sibiu.
REPORTER: Do you think there are miracles? But God?
ANDREEA: Certainly there is, just as God exists, I am an example. Every time I was on the ground, and I felt I could not, someone appeared to me and gave me the hope that I would be fine. I always prayed to the good God to help me and save me.
REPORTER: Is permanent care needed? A treatment for the rest of your life?
ANDREEA: For now it is necessary to have a person around me because of problems I still have, but in time they will disappear with treatment and alternative therapies such as Bowen therapy or Aromatherapy. Treatment will take a lifetime if the final diagnosis is confirmed, which is an autoimmune disease with brain damage called Neurobehcet.
REPORTER: How do you see your future now?
ANDREEA: After I’ve gone through this monster, I do not have the courage to make plans in the long run. I would like to become a graduate of the faculty I started now, to become a teacher, like my mother, and to write and publish many books.
REPORTER: I know you like dancing. Was it a dream since you were little or was it a fresh hobby?
ANDREEA: I love dancing because music and dance color life. It’s a passion from my childhood, because my mother loves dancing and inspires my love for beauty. Now the dance for me has become an escape.
REPORTER: What should motivate us every day?
ANDREEA: As people we are accustomed to complain about the problems we have and forget to enjoy small things. It motivates me tomorrow, the fact that I get a chance every day to turn my dreams into reality.
REPORTER: How could the world be happier in Romania today?
ANDREEA: Enjoying us every day, every second because we never know when we lose what we have.
This year, Andreea Ioana Floare started her studies at the Faculty of Letters and Arts, at “Lucian Blaga” University in Sibiu.
Andreea still needs medical investigation and support from all of us. Those who want can make donations online via Facebook.