I'm not sure there is an answer as such to my query but would love to hear your thoughts:
I know it's been said that stress can be a factor in cancers (including ours?) and it's not easy to measure, but do you think it can make our disease progress quicker?
I was diagnosed in Nov 2014 with lymphocytes at 5.3. Levels stayed in or around 7-8 until last May. During that 18 months I changed my diet, did lots of exercise and worked less hours. I was not happy in my job though so I changed jobs last May.
Maybe this is a coincidence but since last July (after I changed jobs) my lymphocytes have increased at a quicker rate than before; they went up to 9 in July, 12 in November and now 15 this week. In addition, my white cell count is now higher than normal for the first time - it was 16 in November and now 19.5.
I am happier in my new company as the people are nice but it is a demanding job. I am lucky to only work 3 days a week. I work long hours on those 3 days and get home late. I do find it tricky juggling work and home life, even though I work part-time; my husband works 6 days a week and travels a lot so I look after our little boys and the house etc when I'm not in my outside-the-home job.
I worked far less hours in my old job but I'd had enough of the company so am glad I moved - but I do sometimes wonder if the stress of the new job and/or having less free time could be contributing to my higher lymphocyte and white cell levels. I also have low ferritin levels now, not sure if that's related? (My GP did full bloods this week as she needed to check my thyroid levels - I'm not due back to haematologist till April).
Anyway I know it's impossible to prove a link but would be grateful to hear thoughts from you lovely people.
Also I don't know what I would change. I have a well-paid, part time job and can't afford to give up work entirely even if I did think it was the right thing to do. Possibly I could move to a lower paid job but if I did that and the lymphocytes continued to climb I'd probably wonder why I threw away the good money I could've earned for our sons education!
I should say I know it's self indulgent of me being worried when my levels are low and I feel fine (other than tired, no other symptoms) so I hope I'm not offending anyone as I know people are going through much tougher times than me. But I also know that you guys are the ones I can turn to when I'm having a worried day, so thanks in advance for reading this.