I was just diagnosed with cll in Jan 2018. I was sick with colds most of the fall on antubiotucs x3 and then had a cold in Jan that I couldn't shake turned in to a 5 day hospital stay for bilateral lower lobe pneumonia. During stay spleen 16x24 cms..wbc 85000..plts 60000..several nodes enlarged..transferred to duke for bone marrow biopsy..told I had cll needed some form of treatment now due to spleen enlargement. Chose for therapy. Started yesterday. When I look back my white count had been 12 and 14 15 years prior with mild fatigue and high lymphocyte % for well vists but otherwise had no idea I anything other than sinus/cold now. Almost better to not have had to endure watch and wait bc have traveled over 10 countries..gone on cruises..flown to Texas to see the grandkids (son in airforce) if I had known probably would have stayed home. Also I work in a hospital..germs. I have been thankful to this site for those 2am questions..