Thanks to everyone who provides such amazing knowledge and support on this board. I think about y'all quite often and continue to say prayers for our brothers & sisters who are facing a more challenging journey ... several of those situations have popped up lately and you all are on my mind.
I am on Gleevec 400mg and my 6-month draw is coming up later this week, literally "to the day" that the first Gleevec pill went down the hatch, and the CML specialist appointment is ~ 2 weeks after the draw, because I want to have the FISH/PCR results back in time for my appointment. My treatment has been going fine so far, but anxiety now reigns as the date nears - ugh.
- They will be checking FISH/PCR on peripheral blood (PB) only, but should I expect them to analyze the blood further for things like blast cells or other potential abnormalities? For example, is it possible to have a good CBC, low or 0% FISH (I was 5% FISH @ 3 months), a down-trending PCR, but the presence of blasts in PB [which would indicate an issue]? If you had blasts, wouldn't FISH be up?
BTW, any others deal with anxiety leading up to an important milestone like this? How do you all deal with it? I've tried the Rescue Remedy bit, and I find that heavy exercise calms me quite a bit (I'm a low 7-minute miler since starting treatment, and am so thankful for that!), but the anxiety is definitely rearing its ugly head regardless ... having some trouble concentrating at times and sleeping. I soooo want to avoid taking any anti-anxiety medications (although they are there for an emergency); what works well for the rest of you all?
Thanks so much for your feedback and advice. :-)