My name is Jean, Im 35 and I was dignosed with CML (positive for the Philidelphia Chromosome) about 2 weeks ago. I started taking Gleevec a week later and am supposed to have a blood draw tomorrow. I was referred to this site by my Oncologist and I LOVE it! Everyone seems so friendly and understanding. Its very comforting to know that I can find others who can associate and understand what I am going through.
I am still learning a lot about CML and have a question. Ive been working as a diagnostic Xray Tech for 6 years now and I was wondering if maybe being exposed to the radiation might have caused the chromosome switch? I read that it would take an exposure equivalent to that of an atomic bomb - but I am exposed to live radiation daily. I guess my most pressing question is not really HOW I got it, but will working as a Xray tech, still being exposed, will that counter the work that the Gleevec is doing? Am I making the fight that much harder? I want to help my body and way I can...
Thank you so much for such a great site!!