CLL Support Association
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Im an vietnam veteran diagnosed with CLL 2013

One may see me as new to CLL forum but i keep a close watch on posts. I feel for the ones that have taken the step from w&w into the actions of treatment, and i see so many who have been given remissions . My diagnosis was late in coming as I was given treatment for anmea for 10 years prior the true diagnosis was given. I believe I have had cll for at least 15 years before W&W was taken. Im greatfull that one of my sons having a PHD in genetics studied Cll in a cancer research at a clinical laboratories, he comes to my appointments and i let the blood work up to him. I have not taken the CLL to hard as I also have ankylosing spondylitis and the pain treatment form that keeps my mind fixed.

After 15 years not knowing about it is in a way a lift after being seen as just sick for so long. I will keep a close watch on the journey each of the post take knowing I will be on the same road one day

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Hi brad8,

Just wanted to say welcome and wish you the best. Sorry I to hear that your dealing with a couple different health problems. Good to hear that you've got a very educated son to help you sort through things. That's a real asset!


Have you applied for VA disability yet? If you were in Vietnam, CLL is a presumptive condition that automatically qualifies you for VA disability benefits.


Yes kady1270 Im on tpi pension from vietnam origonaly from PTSD so I do have a few issues


Hi Brad8

good to have you join us, though sorry you had to have this additional problem with all you have been through. At least you will always have a sympathetic and helpful ear from those of us sharing this cll journey.

Best wishes



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