A young woman openly spoke about how struggling with a serious illness. In April of this year she was diagnosed with lymphoma. Elena Stepunina optimistic and tries to recover for the sake of loved ones, and young son Matthew.
About six months ago the life of the ex-participants “Houses-2” Elena Stepunina was perfect. In September, the girl was married to a reliable man named Vladimir, and in November came to light, her son Matthew. The girl was enjoying motherhood, telling subscribers about how a child grows and sharing with them experiences. Besides, she had time to work: in Stepunina was your beauty salon. However, one April day crossed all.
During the inspection in the cancer center, the doctors gave the young mother a disappointing diagnosis of large-cell carcinoma and lymphoma of the fourth degree. A malignant tumor is inoperable, as it is located near the heart. Before new chemotherapy “StarHit” talked with Stepunina and learned how she tolerates the treatment and that helps her to maintain an optimistic attitude in such a difficult situation.
Eks-the participant “Houses-2” is battling cancer
Lena, how are you feeling? Recently you ended a new round of chemo…
The condition is normal. I took a course in late may. Usually an infusion is six days, and then two weeks rest. In between the courses of chemotherapy I are trying to do without the drug, so that the body rested. But in force majeure situations to drink them. At the moment I prick injections that increase the level of leukocytes. It is necessary to be able to go to the next course of chemotherapy.—
What are the forecasts build doctors?
According to experts, positive dynamics. I still have four courses. But it’s unclear if they would help me heal or will have to do radiation therapy. I believe in my doctor, so I think everything will be cool. —
What are the side effects after chemotherapy?
After the first year, I found myself as if in a parallel reality: nausea, weakness. When you’re on chemotherapy, the specialists every day to monitor your blood. Doctors don’t start treatment until you are not fully examined. All selected individually.—
You told about the disease in April, i.e. immediately after received your test results?
Yes. I don’t think this is necessary to hide. In my environment, the people did not know anything about the cancer, afraid of cancer patients. I immediately told everyone. Some believe that in such a situation it is necessary to lie down and die, and I believe in recovery.—
The fourth stage of the disease treatable?
In fact, doctors would not have to prescribe chemo, but we agreed with them. It all depends on the body. I perceive the disease as SARS. I understand that lymphoma is deadly, but I believe in recovery. I feel like a normal person, the only – no strength for that.
But as is the case with the appetite?
A little lost, seven pounds. I don’t feel like eating during the infusion, and do not complain. But you have to eat all the right. Not even vegetables and fruit. Basically, my mother’s cooking.—
With my son, too, she nursed?
Yes, the mother took maternity leave to care for a child. I have never had since I owned a business, had to work. But my salon was sold. With my son I play, embrace it, but to lift and carry the baby for me.
And did you breastfeed when he was born?
After the birth I was in intensive care because of the high pressure for two or three days. During this time, I have soured milk. We spent the entire month in pain, and then on the advice of the pediatrician switched to formula. Son is a healthy, funny guy.—
First you were a child?
To four months I was with Matthew, but sometimes had to work with. Son of kick-off. And then I was suddenly taken to hospital with suspected myocardial infarction, but it was very different… First, lay six days in the ICU and the doctors figured out what’s wrong with me. Only one specialist has sent me for a CT scan. According to its results, I have given direction to oncological scientific center named after N. N. Blokhin.—
You sold the beauty shop to pay for the treatment?
First, to have the means, and secondly, after the birth of my son, I could not devote time to work but this business requires constant monitoring. But I don’t expect will get better and start all over again. My mom is not working, the husband is not a millionaire, so the money was not superfluous.—
You rarely talk about your spouse. How did you meet?
We with Vova was found for the first time about two years ago. At first were just friends, and then I realized that I had fallen in love. Enchanting to the history we have. He had long wanted to marry me, but I immediately agreed. To me marriage never meant, and lived together.
Vova let you go on the “House-2”?
No, I dumped him. I was bored, and wanted to have fun. I never was so good as it is now… for some reason didn’t want to stay with Vova, he just Packed up and left. Only on a reality show, I realized that in love with him. He was waiting for me. When he returned, he was able to forgive.—
The husband cares about you?
Yes, the tea brings in bed, sometimes sandwiches, although I do not. My doctor says that a husband should be protected, as many women with cancer the couple leave.
He’s still younger than you by two years?
Yes, he is 24. I had always dated guys that are older. Vova works here and there. Prior to that, he helped me with my business.
How was your wedding?
We got married in September, approximately two months before the birth. Long delayed this time, but then got to the registry office. Very quickly arranged wedding. I’m not ashamed that you were already pregnant at the time. I think we would have married, if not for my interesting position.
What is Dylan’s father?
He is a very caring, kisses Matthew constantly, staying with her son a lot of time. —
Matthew felt that you communicate less with him because of the illness?
He is still small. The last time I came home from the hospital, was in a medical mask, and he wept. It turned out, on this day, son was in the vaccination, so while he’s afraid of doctors. But Matthew recognized me, of course. —
The son is not deprived of attention?
No, of course. Bothered my mother, grandmother, Vovinam dad, husband. Next to Matthew is always someone hanging out.—
You support so many people on social networks… How does it help?
Very. Sometimes I write to direct those who need help too, reassuring. I’m shocked that so many people worried about me.
As the disease affected your appearance?
I’m not superkristi. His hair was gone. The skin becomes dry, a manicure can not be done. Any woman who is cured from cancer, worried that she was forbidden beauty treatments. But it is not necessary to do waxing. I am going to be bald. All will be restored then. Eyelashes and eyebrows fall out. It’s all temporary, I’m not worried.
What treatments doctors have to offer?
As a tumor located between my lungs and heart, cannot be removed. Will only chemotherapy. According to statistics, it is well treatable. —
Have to pay for everything?
Theoretically, MLA the treatment is free, but it is actually not. Some tests cost money. I help friends, relatives, sometimes send money to the account. An unknown woman enlisted me 50 thousand rubles. Her mother died of the same disease… I Have no purpose to collect millions.—
What do you think, is there a connection between pregnancy and the occurrence of tumors?
Probably. In the hospital a lot of girls with the same diagnosis who have small children. Sometimes use and pregnant. At the clinic and save babies and their mothers, while others usually are forced to have an abortion at any time.—
Have you changed worldview after was diagnosed?
Yes, I was serious. Besides, now enjoy life, have a history of depression. Because I am a believer, always read the prayer during chemotherapy. I think God helps us and sometimes he gives such tests to go through.