I was diagnosed with CLL about a month ago. I just turned 47 in August. I was having stomach pain and thought it was just acid reflux. My wife told me I should go to the doctors so I did. The doctor gave me medicine for acid reflux but decided to have a blood test done. The next day I received a call from my doctor and he said I had a critical increase in my white blood cell count. He referred me to a specialist and they told me that I may have Lukemia. They said they wouldn't know for sure until they ran more tests. I had a CT Scan done and more blood taken to send to the lab. I will never forget I was at work a few days later and my phone rang. When I answered it it was the doctor. She said I'm sorry to tell you this but...you have CLL. When I went back to see the doctor she showed me my X-ray and everything looked ok accept for my spleen was enlarged. She said I was at stage 2. I felt like I had been hit by a train. I was in shock. I had a bone marrow done a few days after that and the DR said I had 25 % in my bone marrow..I have no idea what that meant. I am on watch and wait for 30 days and then I have to go back to have another blood test to see if there are any changes. I'm glad I found this CLL support website. I have no idea what my future holds for me now. But reading some of the other CLLrs posts on here has given me strength. I have posted on here before asking about flu shots..but I wanted to tell my story. There is so much to learn about this disease. I know I am not alone. I will be seeing my doctor again soon and wonder if I will have to start treatment. I may also go to MD Anderson for a second opinion. Maybe some of you that read my post can tell me what to expect.
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