CLL Diagnosis and treatment
Hello, I am male, age 56, and I was diagnosed with CLL in October 2019. At first I heard the words “lymphoma/cancer” and my wife and I were devastated. However, after finding a good doctor and getting way more information about the disease; we now feel that it’s just a bump in our road. I feel fine and am pretty active, walking 2 miles daily. I have a wonderful family and support group. My Lymphocytes are high at 55% and my WBC is 28,000; but my doctor tells me that as long as I am not having any life-altering symptoms of the CLL — hold off any treatment. I go every 3 months for blood work and have had one CT. My numbers have been increasing, but I feel fine. The best way that I have been dealing with my CLL diagnosis is by seeing my doctor as scheduled and by living life with positive thoughts. Since my diagnosis, I found out that both an Uncle and my Grandfather on my mother’s side of the family also had leukemia. They both lived into their 80s and died of other illnesses.