I was diagnosed in a routine blood draw back in Oct, 2009 - I was at that time on Cobra (and anyone who knows can see the 'oncoming locomotive!). I started on Gleevec 400 daily and my WBC and blood labs showed normal after a few weeks. PCR was improving rapidly... etc, etc... CML seemed to be a part of my life from then on.
After Cobra was over, I spent my 401K (I was then unemployed) on expensive 'high risk' CA insurance pool and continued with Gleevec... my wife then lost her job of some 16 years but did get another and I played 'Mr Mom' in a real twist to our grandsons. Wild.
Ultimately, in late Nov of 2011 I decided that I was not going to pay the nearly $1200/month for coverage in CA, we were indeed moving to AZ, and so I let it lapse (I know, but there were mitigating circumstances and conditions that were present and so it may sound stupid but...). At that time, because of dose decisions made by a wise MD, I had some set aside Gleevec and maintained the 400 thru June of 2012 when it ran out. We left CA, sold our house and cut our losses, moved to AZ 'just in time' to see that AZ was not processing their 'high risk' pool applicants (the preexisting condition insurance that most states carry) so again no insurance. That was nearly 13 months ago. I've been off Gleevec for that period.
What is interesting is my blood labs are all normal. WBC is about 7-8 regularly and no blastic activity. I don't feel bad although a 'new' job (no insurance for a year, right to work state) puts my older body on its feet without letup for 8 hours a day on concrete, fatiguing. So this is all confusing. I do not, in AZ, have an oncologist. All want (and I understand liability) "all" the tests (PCR, marrow, etc) and I cannot afford them so they won't see me. This is all very interesting... I am not going to comment on the WBC (my reds are perfect, all the blood is perfect... weird) normalcy but it sure is a surprise. I figured I would be dead by now but perhaps that is all coming, don't know. I am taking one neutraceutical and it was touted as having great powers but I won't go there either as I simply do not know and won't spread untested information. I, because of an old vocation, can order my own blood tests and I do so every three or four weeks, full WBC/CBC with diff.
I guess the normalcy, over a full year, of my blood work is kind of surprising. I do email my old oncologist and, of course he has not seen me for over a year and is nice to answer but 'cannot' make concrete statements due to liability, he did say "he would not be surprised to see it all come back." LIMBO time!
Don't know what to think about this. Don't have and won't have insurance for some lengthy period. Not at the age (yet) of Medicare and not sure it will offer 'old' folks recourse... hope all are fighting hard and progressing to 'normal.' Take care.