Latorre during last Thursday's session in Deputies.  (Photo: video capture)

“Oh, friend, they are going to make me cry”Told him Jimena Latorre to his banking partner, Pamela Verasay. It was last Thursday and the medical cannabis law had just finished being voted on in the National Congress, when the entire venue began to applaud the Mendoza deputy of the Radical Civic Union (UCR)who had attended the chemotherapy session because he has breast cancer.

“I tell you the truth: I did not expect such warm recognition. With most of my colleagues I had already been talking about my illness. The word had spread and many had called me, but when (Sergio) Massa addressed me and they began to applaud me, I was surprised and very moved”he tells TN.

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At the beginning of March, Latorre felt himself and discovered a “lump” in the right breast. She had scheduled an ultrasound that she decided to move up after receiving a signal that worried her. “I had it done on the 5th and I received the result of the biopsy on the 14th. I will not be able to forget that date.”precise.

How did you feel when you found out you had cancer?

-When they tell you that word, cancer, it’s very overwhelming. And everything seems strange to me, because it is a disease about which there is a lot of information, but which is not talked about enough. We do not have a formed criterion to receive that diagnosis. When they tell you that you have cancer, one already associates it with death or has a representation linked to the destructive. With the passing of days I understood that cancer it’s not a monsterthat each painting is different, that each body is different and each treatment is also different.

Latorre during last Thursday’s session in Deputies. (Photo: video capture)

Jimena Latorre, the deputy who has cancer and was applauded in Congress: “I was not willing to stop working and hide”

Latorre attends chemotherapy sessions every 21 days. His oncologist indicated six, of which he has already completed two. At the end of July she hopes to complete the treatment and then, in August, have surgery.

The deputy (35 years old and a lawyer by profession) says that the days after each application are hard: “You have muscle pain, tiredness. Everything costs a little more.” Then, as the days go by, “you’re going to get stronger and you can go back to your routine.”

“For me it is very important, because I get in a very bad mood when I want to do things and I feel bad, or my body does not respond to me,” he maintains, and assures that this spirit prevailed when he decided to travel to Buenos Aires to sit in Congress. : “I do not have anything to hide. She was not willing to stop working as if I had to hide”.

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According to Latorre the concealment of the patient it is part of a sociocultural construction that sees wrong. “As far as possible, the patient must maintain his daily life and his work life. It is what is going to allow him to face the disease”, he affirms.

"The treatment is 30% medical and 70% head"says the deputy.  (Photo: Twitter / @JimehLatorre)
“The treatment is 30% medical and 70% head,” says the deputy. (Photo: Twitter / @JimehLatorre)

Jimena Latorre: “When they tell you that you have cancer, you start looking for information on the web”

-What changes do you think it is necessary to introduce in society for better monitoring of cancer patients?

-In addition to highlighting the importance of prevention and early diagnosis, I think we should talk more about the treatments and everything that leads to travel this path. I understood it talking to the oncologist, the mastologist and the psycho-oncologist, a discipline that I had no idea existed. When you are told that you have cancer, one of your first reactions is Start looking for information on the web. And we’re not ready to sort and manage that information.

-What was your experience?

-I found from very technical information to life stories, testimonies of patients. But in reality and what I want to emphasize is that not all bodies respond in the same way. The patient must seek what he needs to heal, and not get caught up in issues that may affect his safety or his state of mind. I think it should demystify cancer as an incurable diseaseand work more on the transit of this disease.

-On Instagram she uploaded a story with her brother, who decided to shave to accompany her. What did that mean to you?

-Very much. He is one of those pillars that I mentioned to you. When my hair started to fall out, I didn’t really want to go to the hairdresser’s and start crying there, I’m honest. Then he told me: “I hair you”. She did it and, when he finished, he told me: “Now you peel me and there are two of us.”

The deputy with her brother, who decided to shave to accompany her in the treatment.  (Photo: Instagram / @jimenahlatorre)
The deputy with her brother, who decided to shave to accompany her in the treatment. (Photo: Instagram / @jimenahlatorre)

– Where do the forces come from to cope with cancer treatment?

-From there, exactly. From the support of my partner, my family and my friends. From the love for life, and from the support and affection of the people who love you. They arise from the passion I put into my work and the happiness it brings me. And in addition, they are born from seeing other people who suffer from more complex pictures of the disease and, nevertheless, manage to heal and get ahead.

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Was there any story that moved you in particular?

-The other day I went to the doctor and the man who attended the parking lot told me that he had twice suffered from colon cancer and had an unnatural anus. However, he was standing there and working all day to make ends meet. He did it with the best attitude. And then I thought: how can I, perhaps having more possibilities, not put force into it? When they gave me the diagnosis, they told me that the success of the treatment was 30% medical, and the remaining 70% was the head. That for the body to be healthy, the head must be healthy. And that’s where I am.

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