My diagnosis of CML was confirmed earlier this week. The last two weeks were quite overwhelming, from receiving the first phone call from my primary doctor notifying me of my high wbc count, to scheduling to see a hematologist and waiting for test results. I spent a few sleepless nights worrying about the uncertainty, but I also spent a lot of time reading and learning about CML. Anxiety definitely kicked in during this time. However, soon after I got the confirmation, I quickly came to terms with it and I'm ready to deal with problem.
I'm glad that I found an active forum here with a lot of supportive and informative postings. It is encouraging to read about the progress some of you are making. There are also a lot of suggestions on dealing with side effects.
I am ready to fight this disease. I'm going to start with 400 mg Gleevec soon. I'm currently annoyed that my insurance company is taking its time to approve my prescription. I was hoping to let my body adjust to the medication during my time off from work during Christmas week. However, my prescription has been sitting there for prior authorization since Wednesday. I talked to the insurance company and they said it may still take days to approve it. Does it typically take long to approve this?
Currently, it is the night sweat that is keeping me up at night. Do you guys experienced it before or during treatment?
- DC from Chicago