A precious family member, 30 years old, recently married, renovating their first home, planning to start a family, has just been diagnosed with CML in the blast crisis phase.
We are all devastated and shocked.
Before this happened, and up until a few weeks ago, he was fit, strong and healthy. He didn't have a clue there was anything wrong with him. He has been so healthy, he hasn't needed a blood test in over 5 years. Over the last couple of weeks though, he thought he had a virus that he couldn't shake, as he was feeling tired and wasn't interested in eating. He had a little abdominal pain, that he put down to gastro.
He finally went to the doctor, who advised he had an intestinal infection, and prescribed antibiotics, four days later, he felt worse and went back to the doctor for a blood test.
Two days later, he was bed ridden and vomiting.
The next day, he got a call from the doctor to advise him to get to the hospital immediately. He was diagnosed with CML before he was even admitted.
Four days later he was stabilised enough to do the bone marrow biopsy.
His results came back today, his CML is advanced and his only option is a BMT after a series of chemo and radiation treatments.
Is there anyone out there that has been through a similar scenario?