Engaged couples recover together after undergoing treatment for the same type of cancer
February 01, 2023
It is said that love is blind and that it can knock on anyone's door at any time: when this happens, it can become the "engine" that helps some unfortunates to rebuild their shattered lives. An clear example of the power of love and the destiny of soul mates is the story of Rodrigo Lima, 23, and Synndy Ferreira, 22, two young adults of Brazilian origin who had to face a very difficult journey together. Read on to find out more about their story:
In Belém, a city in Brazil, the two discovered, at the same time, they had Hodgkin's lymphoma (a form of cancer), but in different parts of their bodies: Rodrigo in the leg and Synndy in the neck. Given this, the couple decided to go to chemotherapy together. The couple had met years earlier and had lived together for some time before being diagnosed: "When people saw us together, they thought we had met at the hospital. But before we were hospital patients, we were engaged," Synndy explained. Not only did they battle the same disease together, but they also studied together for college and for the civil service entrance exam. They are now both members of the Brazilian police force.
"Now that we have overcome the disease, our goal is to get married and have children, since we have overcome so many challenges," said Rodrigo. "I joke with Synndy that we were born to be together. Our paths were destined to cross; we were friends, then we dated, then we got engaged and together we beat a dread disease. If this is not destiny, I don't know what is!", he added.
To celebrate their recovery, they rang the "Victory Bell" together at the Octávio Lobo Cancer Hospital, which is used to "signal the new phase of life" for successfully cured patients.
The couple was applauded in the corridors of the hospital as they were being discharged. "I remember them getting treatment and having checkups - it was amazing how supportive they were of each other. Their story is amazing and we can't help but be thrilled about their recovery," said Elizabeth Cabeça, an assistant at the hospital.
We hope this couple has a bright future!