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.
Good news: My CLL is moving very slowly. My latest blood panel showed only a slight increase in WBC and Lymphocytes. I do have quite a bit of waxing and waning of my lymphnodes. Some weeks they are quite large and are quite enlarged all over my neck, head, and torso. I have also been experiencing a lot of itching all over my body and increased sweating. I was told to add Zyrtec 10 mg for the itching and it does help quite a bit. I make sure to stay hydrated and don’t spend much time in direct sunlight. Otherwise, I am feeling quite normal, no treatment planned yet. I continue to live my life and try not to think about the CLL. I have a wonderful wife and children that support me and don’t treat me any differently. I continue to see my oncologist as necessary and other doctors as needed. Hang in there and try to think positive. You don’t want to let the CLL rule your life!
I am stage four, being treated with a targeted therapy. Imbruvica. Treatment started after C.L.L. was found in back of tongue. After Larnygoscopy. W.B.C. is 29.6. Covid is a game changer. Oncologist prescribed green Tea supplement 3 times a day and Vitamin D3, 5000 units. Scrapes and cuts are healing. Helps immune system. Serious bruising from Imbruvica. Diagnosed in 2012, Imbruvica stared July 2019. The tongue is part of the Lymphatic system, my doctor caught the tongue issue, on a scan.