In my case I had a CBC 1 year prior to diagnosis which showed normal WBC and platelets at 1 million (CBC was not read by the ER doc who ordered it, so this was missed at the time). High platelets can be an early sign of CML for some, but others can start with low platelets. So for me the CML began well more than 1 year before my diagnosis. The incubation process could be many years for some, or a shorter time for others. We are all different. But it generally takes a while due to the slow initial divisions at the stem cell level. Possibly the initial translocated leukemic stem cell could go into an immediate extended quiescence before starting the dividing process, so that could be a year or even much longer if that happens (speculation). Once the mid-level progenitor cells become populated with leukemic cells the process accelerates rapidly, so WBC is not a good indicator of the timeline. Once the CML gets going, a person could be 100K WBC then 300K WBC in a rather short time.
In your case, from the Dec 2009 to Jan 2011 is only 14 months, so you very likely had CML in Dec 2009. At that early point if WBC is normal there could be low level symptoms such as bleeding, easy bruising, petechiae, hot flashes for men and women, and other symptoms that would not immediately cause one to suspect leukemia.