I am one of those many people who have been diagnosed by chance. I had an NHS health check and as I am slightly overweight the nurse suggested a fasting blood test to check my sugar levels or anything like that were ok, essentially I thought to see if I was getting towards diabetes. The prick test showed I had good cholesterol levels, 3.3 so that was ok. I got a letter a few days later to say make a routine appointment with the Doc about my test results. I luckily managed to get an appointment next day, didn't want to wait the 2 weeks for a routine appointment at my surgery. I thought I would get a bit of a telling off for taking the appointment for blood test results! The Doc hadn't looked at the results and did it while I was there. He said my white cell count was high and what did I know about leukaemia. Well I was expecting to be told about watching what I eat because sugar was high etc, I thought it was something else that related to leukaemia so I said I didn't know anything. As he explained what it was, it gradually dawned on me he was actually speaking about 'that' leukaemia. I think I must have been a right sight as my jaw dropped open. He said that the test showed I had CLL and that a referral should be made. He was very apologetic and was sorry for giving me the bad news. I didn't ask any questions as my head was in a bit of a spin. I got home and waited for my wife to come in and told her, we both couldn't understand what had happened. This was Friday lunchtime and I had taken the afternoon off anyway. I spent the weekend investigating CLL and what needed to happen. Back to work on Monday and I told a few close friends and my bosses, who were a bit shocked. I did say that I wasn't going anywhere soon, but waiting for the referral to confirm it. As I have no symptoms what so ever I feel a bit of a fraud. I haven't been able to concentrate on my work too long though as my thoughts turn to the disease and what's going to happen to me, will it turn acute at any point? Will I see my grand kids grow up? What will happen to my wife? I'm sure you have all been there. Part of me thinks, it might be a mistake and the Haemo chap will see that, then I think, maybe I'm further into it than I think and won't have long left, then I think stupidly, what about holiday insurance? So many things in my head. I'm hoping that looking through posts here it will help me along the way, there is nothing like real experiences by people who have 'been there'. Its only been a few days and I feel I have learnt so much about the disease, wish I could have learnt like this at school! My background means that I have developed a black humour for these type of things so that may help me in parts. I may have leukaemia, but hey, my cholesterol was really good .
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