I am new to the community here, and new to CML.
I am 41 years old, and was diagnosed earlier this summer.
It was found kind of by accident, via CBC - with increased
white blood cells and platelet counts - not enough
for my family dr. to refer me - but I pressed and was referred
I am to start Gleevec next week, and I am not embarrassed
to say that I am scared. I don't have any symptoms now
from the CML (maybe fatigue?) ...and the idea of taking
something that could make me feel crummy (or worse)
is pretty scary. I have read the side effects and I know everyone
is different...but was wondering if someone could tell me
what to expect the first day...first week?
I work about 30 min. from home - and am wondering if on
day one I should stay at home....just in case?
For most of the summer it has been pretty easy to forget
that I have anything "wrong" with me...but we are coming up
on "D-Day" or should I say "G-Day" and now the reality is
I am hoping I can go about my normal daily activities....
Any words of wisdom....anything would be appreciated.
I don't know anyone who has CML or any form of Leukemia,
so this is all new to me.
thank you in advance,