Hi, my name is Cathy and I am 62 years old. I had breast cancer at 23 and at 34. At a checkup November 2015 I was told I have CLL with WBC at 16000. My Oncologist sent me to get a CT Scan and genetic testing. Everything was good and was told that we would just watch and wait. When I went to my appointment in October 2016 my WBC is 78000 and was told that I have CLL with deletion of 17p. I was told I needed to start treatment immediately. I will take Ibrutinib for the rest of my life. I have been waiting a week for my insurance company to authorize it. This all seems so confusing to me and I have did nothing but read about this disease. My sister has had CLL for about 6 years and she is still in the wait and watch stage. I'm sure I will have lots of questions during my journey.