Originally sent this response a few hours ago to family who had a CLL plus breast cancer challenges! The wife in this post was speaking to the issue of her husband's CLL in particular. Very much hoping that things have changed for them over the last 4 years. Very much. But her original post was 4 years old. So I am going to try again to put this out there for any appropriate CLL/ibrutinib patient.
I am new to this support group and perhaps I should have made my response/post in the home page area first.
Don't know where you are in terms of husband and daughter. And I am very sorry that your family has gone through all of this. I do hope there has been some improvement, some good news! Noticing that almost all of these posts are at least 4 years old. Not good. Am suffering from severe fatigue and dizziness. Getting worse. Apart from the CLL ( first diagnosed 17 years ago! ) and what I've just mentioned, I am in relatively good physical condition exercising almost daily, eating not badly and sleeping relatively well. I am 76 years old. Have been on Ibrutinib for the last 4 years ( 2 capsules/day ) and it has brought all significant blood levels into normal or almost normal range. Have tried going-off ibrutinib for a month about six months ago but at that time, this did not seem to make much difference in terms of the fatigue. As the fatigue and the dizziness are getting worse and worse, I am beginning to wonder if the Ibrutinib is still not the primary cause. Out patient at a top-notch cancer hospital in Toronto ( hematology department ), have done additional blood testing as well, have even seen a psychiatrist. All negative results, no clinical depression. I am an enigma? Or am I?