"When I travelled to Madrid in 2011, I shared the life of people with Multiple Sclerosis for the first time and I felt the harshness of their plight in such way that I could almost experience their symptoms myself.
When we parted ways, Milagros (one of the two principal characters from the short documentary film) told me after having seen my weakness: “You take care of yourself. I don’t want you to call me. Live your life.” I did as she said.
However I did keep in touch with Almudena (the other principal character), as we are of a similar age and have common interests. She and her family kept the disease at bay, not allowing themselves to be consumed by the concern for the condition.
Since I finished the first part of this story in 2011, my friendship with Almudena strengthened whilst Milagros’ memory rested in a corner of my mind, next to those fears you never want to face.
When I met them again in 2014, I expected to find Milagros battling hard against her husband’s debilitating symptoms, made even more difficult to manage after the inhuman budget cuts prompted by the financial crisis, and also to find a more disabled Almudena. I was positively surprised. They had both found ways to continue living with the disease, or despite it."
Lurdes R. Basolí