7 months after my husbands diagnosis, while still not being on a routine dosage of a drug, his father unexpectedly passed away in his sleep. Yes, it was a great way for him to go, but for the rest of us who knew him to be healthy it was a complete shock. A little background, my husband and his father work together in their family business, the business has been in the family for over 50 years so my husband worked with his dad everyday since he was a young teenager. He was more than capable of "running the store", in fact he pretty much had been for the last several years, but knowing his dad was there was comforting because he didn't have to make decisions alone, he had someone to discuss things with. We had left for a much needed vacation, the stress of Greg's diagnosis was really weighing us down esp since after 7 months he still was not on a drug his body could handle. We weren't gone 24 hours, at 6 am the morning after we left we received the phone call to turn around and come home. From that moment on the stress level for my husband has been astronomical. There are days his face and neck are so red, I just know his bp is sky high. I called his dr, spoke to the assistant or nurse or whoever, and explained the situation going on. I too was very worried about his cml being affected by the extreme changes taking place in our lives and the extreme stress increase. She said, in a round about way, it would not affect the cml so much as his other health.
My advice to you, as long as your cml remains stable, under control, focus on keeping the rest of you healthy. Find ways to release some of the stress during your work day, if that means going for walk at lunch or listening to some calming music, or meditating for a few minutes or whatever, take time for you! Today, Greg's stress level is still pretty high, fortunately, or maybe not, lol, I am now working in the business with him so when I see the redness creeping into his neck and face, I make him step away from the situation, go take a "time out" I guess! He still has not reached the zero level with his cml, his last pcr number was .135, up from .108. He still takes his Sprycel, has actually been on it for almost a year now. Maybe he'll never get any lower than where he is now and that's ok as long as the cml is controlled. There is always going to be stress in our lives, find a way to bring some peace into your day!
Best of luck to you,