HI Meg and Joey!! I'm Laila (obviously right lol). I was just curious how young you are? I'm really young to have CML, sadly I'm in blast crisis. I thought it was AML but I guess I misunderstood the doctor. So it is good to have someone go with you to your appointments because it makes it sooo much easier! When my doctor was talking about my CML and bing in blast and I heard "acute" so thought I had AML but what he really said was it is like acute as in we need to act fast. I'm on Tasigna 800 mgs a day 400 in the morning and 400 at night and i'm only a freshman in high school. Maybe it's because I'm more advanced?? i know that I've been on tasigna for a little bit and yeah I have the itchy scalp, tummy aches, fatigue and rash too.. I also get massive headaches it feels like migraines on steroids. I have been told by others and by doctors that they go away with in a 3 month time frame or at least become manageable! Oh i have massive body aches too. Just think you guys be glad you didn't wait, i waited a long time and now i'm getting a transplant on the 12th (which transplants are odd now a days for CML) and to know it might have been prevented if I was caught sooner SUCKS..
Joey, I was diagnosed in Feb 2012 so only a few weeks ago I know how scary it is!! Just know that it's okay to be scared! We are ALL scared at some point and even thought it's not even been a month or maybe just barely a month for me I'm like almost at not peace with it because I don't think you'll ever really be at "peace" with having cancer but I've accepted the fact.. I know what i need to do and I'm doing it.. Just know if you stay on top of everything, don't let anything "slide by" take your meds and you're suppose to have a good life. Don't google information, that's something i've learned from others on here. I started crying about stuff i read and i mean full blown balling my eyes out but Trey actually explained to me how things online are outdated and back from when TKI's weren't really out there yet.If you notice any kind of change in your numbers then see a hematologist (I think that's what they are called lol) CML is something that's very "rare" in the oncology world. They tend to not know as much about CML then a specialist would so if it makes you feel better go see one! Just know you have so many friends here to support BOTH of you and I'll tell you what this board has been a blessing to me! I ask question even if I feel dumb, I vent, I talk to others about their experience and it's brought so much ease in my journey through this..
Trey is VERY smart when it comes to explaining test results and information about all of the cancers in general! He is a huge HUGE help to not only my family but a lot of people on this site so any medical advice he's your man.. For support and emotional advice and issues I mean we all here can help you and make you feel welcomed and you start to gain ease. I talked to a girl (Sunshine48) is her name on here and she's been through 3 or 4 of the chemo meds and different doctors and everything else and she's getting a transplant as well and talking to her, hearing her story and experience was very helpful to me personally. I started a discussion saying "new to site and scared" and by golly I've got so many replies and people who truly care and want to help! You will too alls it takes is reaching out, we all have our hands out waiting :-)...
i don't have a lot of knowledge about everything because I am newer, I'm young and I'm in a different boat because I DID wait but if either of you need support or need to talk I'm here too! I might not know everything technical but I know what it's like to be new to cancer and CML and the shock.. Feel free to PM me, write me back here or hey join in on my discussion I have so many people talking and if you join in they will CERTAINLY talk to both you too.. You're aren't alone just remember that : )..
Okay I didn't mean to write a book, sorry lol.. My thoughts and prayers are with the both of you and blessings from good ol Michigan, <3 Laila