I'm 33, in great physical health, and live in the DC Metro area. On Monday, I was at my internist for my annual physical, and by Tuesday I got an urgent call to come back because my WBC was "elevated". He re-ran the test, and took me in to show me the results. It was 120,000. I knew what it possibly was, and he already had gotten me an appointment to see a hematologist the next day (Wednesday). He re-did the test because he did a very thorough physical and there was nothing wrong. I had zero symptoms.
The hematologist, from my labs, said I had CML, but needed the bone marrow biopsy to confirm. I cried... But it was tears of joy, because I knew CML would be a chronic, manageable disease. The hematologist said due to my age, good health, and that it was caught early in the chronic phase (blast cells less than 2%), that I will do fine with treatment, and I should expect it to be like diabetes - I will live a relatively normal life with a disease that needs constant monitoring. He put me on allopurinol/hydroxyurea right away just to get the WBC down pending the diagnosis.
Friday I got the results back, Ph+ CML. My Gleevec is on the way and I should start it on Tuesday once I have my one week follow-up.
It might be odd, but ever since I heard it was CML, my fear and anxiety has gone away. I know what I have, and I'm confident I'll beat the damn thing.
The only thing I fear at this point is telling my parents, who are in their 60s. My sister had a life threatening condition when she was 13, and I saw what it did to them 15+ years ago. I'm debating whether to tell them now (I had a pre-planned trip to NJ this weekend, by chance) or to wait until I'm on the Gleevec and can point to blood test results.