Verónica Armand Ugón & FamilyI am 45 years old and I live in Tarariras, a small city of Colonia, Uruguay. I am married and I have three wonderful children: Matías (18 years old), Tomás (15 years old) and Francisco (11 years old). I love traveling and making handcrafts and decorations, so I try to do things that make me feel happy in my free time, since I work as a part-time Executive Assistant.

In March 2013, after surgery of the small intestine, I was diagnosed with GIST. My mutation was KIT Exon 11, so since then, I have been using GLIVEC 400 mg per day.

I am a woman of Faith and I do believe that illnesses come to our lives to make some changes in our daily routine, to appreciate the wonderful gifts that God gives us every day and to take the learning of the experiences we face to become a better person. Positive thinking and mental attitude is very important to cope with GIST.    

I am very enthusiastic about being the representative of ALIANZA GIST and The LRG in Uruguay, since I can give support to other people that face the same illness and offer them hope that there is a light at the end of the path!

Finally, I would like to thank my dear family and close friends for their unconditional support and love during all these years. I have you in my heart; you are a very important part of my life and I am blessed to share my days with you.