Carlos Hue, PhD
Department:Carlos Hue,Patient Advocate,WP5
He received a degree in Psychology and Pedagogy by Complutense University of Madrid and a doctorate in Education by the University of Barcelona. He worked in a public Social Service Institute as a psychologist from1976 to 1999. Since 2000, he has been working as an Advisor for long life learning education in the Ministry of Education of the regional Govern of Aragon. Simultaneously, he has been teaching Psychology and Education for teachers and professors at the University of Zaragoza, and many other Universities in Spain.
In the last 15 years, he has become a specialist in Emotional Intelligence in Spain giving many courses to teachers, public employees, company employees, doctors, nurses, and patients. He has published two books about this subject, titled: ‘Emotional thought: a method for developing self-esteem and leadership’ and ‘Teachers’ wellbeing and emotional thought’.
He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2003. In 2006 he became Vice President of Europacolon Spain which he continues to do. In this role, he has participated in many conferences and meetings and is studying about psycho oncology as well as coordinating a book for colon cancer patients that will be published by Europacolon Spain.
It was in 2002-03 Christmas time when I suffered continuous gastrointestinal troubles. I’m a psychologist, a professional who, at that time, was very busy and, threatened by the idea of suffering cancer, I used to say that I did not have time enough to visit any doctor. In February, pressed by my wife, I came to the health care centre. There, the physician told myself that the blood analysis had been found not good. Then, as I was working as a teacher at university and in schools, when something is wrong you must to repeat it, I told him that in this case it would be fine to do these analysis’ again, expecting that the new ones would be better. Obviously, these analysis’ were bad because I have developed a tumour in my colon. In that moment, I felt I was going to die in three months’ time or so and, became seriously depressed, because I have learned that cancer was equal to death. However, a week later, as I knew that 60% of patients with colorectal cancer could survive, and as I was a positive person, I thought: “I’m one of this 60%”.
Two weeks after my first diagnose I went to hospital where having been explored through a colonoscopy they definitely diagnosed I was affected by a II state colorectal cancer. They made all the test needed as a preparation for surgery and I was operated. They ridded off a 40 centimetres part of my transversal colon. I stayed at hospital for three weeks. My stay at hospital was pleasant enough because I felt loved by my family, my close friends and my mates. I even learned to make mockeries about cancer. In my opinion, my optimistic thoughts helped myself to develop a quick recovery. To sum up, I only needed to receive a four months’ light chemotherapy treatment, during this time I was able to return to my job, to my routines, to my life.
– Carlos Hue