Hi Joy - I'm a CML patient in Phoenix. The dry skin that we already deal with here due to living in a desert is definitely made worse by the CML drugs. You may find working with a dermatologist to be helpful.
In terms of other CMLers, there are several living in Phoenix, ranging from children to the elderly. The National CML Society (NCMLS) serves US patients and has local patient meetings in many cities through their CML Connection program. The first CML Connection meeting in the country was held in Phoenix in 2010. There has recently been a change in meeting facilitators and I don't have the most current information to share at this time but you could get more information from NCMLS executive director Greg Stephens by writing him at gstephens(at sign)nationalcmlsociety.org. You can find additional information on the NCMLS website at http://nationalcmlso...a-cml-resources
In terms of local support I would urge you to check out The Wellness Community which offers a wide range of free services and oncology social worker led support groups, as well as support in nutrition, exercise, appearance and more. http://www.twccaz.org/
Another wonderful nonprofit is the Face In The Mirror Foundation in Scottsdale. http://faceinthemirror.org/
You are welcome to connect with me through this forum's connection service if you would like to talk off line and exchange emails and phone numbers, and perhaps meet for coffee. It's always nice to connect with another CMLer.
Hope that helps!
CML patient and advocate