In Jan 2015 I went to the hospital with a platelet count of 1,000. The doctor told me I had ITP and treated me for 10 months with steroids, IVIG, and Nplate shots. After 3 more hospitalizations, I changed doctors in November. The new doc started me on Rituxan, continued the weekly Nplate, and scheduled a bone marrow biopsy after 4 weeks of platelet counts of 10-25,000. He told me on Christmas Eve I have CLL. I started FCR last week and will have 3 days of that every 28 days. My platelet count this week was 218,000, so no Nplate shot this week. Side effects are mild- upset stomach, mild headaches- but overall it's easy so far. I turned 69 the day of my bone marrow biopsy in December. I've been in excellent health until a year ago. All my blood work readings are great other than platelets.
I look forward to following the posts of the group.