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JAK2 positive

Hi have just been told that I have the JAK 2 mutation, which 50% of bcs have. I'm not sure what type of mutation it is as of yet as all my blood levels come back normal. Usually people with the JAK2 mutation have raised heamoglobin, red blood cells or platelets. To find out more I have had a bone marrow biopsy. The biopsy wasn't as bad as I imaged it would be and it was pain free (however I was mildly sedated) and just caused me back ache for a few days after. I get my results from the biopsy 30th January 2013. I am currently taking warfarin so depending on the type of mutation my medication may not have to change as the warfarin could control both the bcs and the JAK 2. I'm very lucky to have a supportive family who come to every appointment with me, so if any one is in a similar situation and needs some support or just wants a chat I will help you any way I can. The unknown is scary and can make you feel lonely, even if you just want to say hi.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a healthy 2013 take care.

Steph :)

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Sounds like you are on top of it all, Steph.

Merry Christmas and a Happy ( and Healthy ) New Year.

Nick x


Thanks nick, yes I feel I bit more confident about it all now I understand it a bit better. How are you feeling?

Steph x


Hi Steph,

Well, this is my first Christmas with a new liver, and in comparison to last year I'm feeling great! Despite the overcooked turkey, the ill children and having to cancel going to friends, the lousy weather and 'stuff', I keep smiling as I know that I have my health back. I think confidence is the key to the change in life we have both undergone; I may have setbacks in the future, but I know that I've got two great teams behind me: one being my family and friends and the other the medics in two hospitals who are on top of everything - provided I keep them posted and keep all the appointments , which is a small price to pay, really.

Good to hear from you, keep in touch!

Nick x


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