Finding this Community has been so helpful, on many levels.
AussieNeil, Jm954, and Newdawn, thank you for all your answers and great information you share!!! Just know, you all are very much appreciated.
I have learned so much in my short time here. It seems many of you have a good understanding of blood work results, tests, risk factors, etc. My doctors never explain my blood results beyond saying they look good, or your white blood count went up over 20 thousand and now we want to put you on chemotherapy.
It's here that I found out my CLL is a risk factor for skin cancer, for example. A doctor has never discussed neutrophils with me, or any of the other terms I'm being exposed to here. This place has shown me that I have a lot to learn.
@AussieNeil if I understood your explanation correctly in one of your answers, then those of us with CLL have lymphoma and leukemia, which are 2 different diseases. One is in the blood and bones, and the other is in the lymph system. Either disease can exist in a person independent of the other. Is that a correct understanding?
I really appreciate this Community, which is all of you. I don't feel alone with my disease anymore. I'm still anxious about my bloated torso because of enlarged liver and spleen. I've learned to expect periods of painfully swollen lymph nodes in my abdomen, which thankfully, my body seems to "clean up" on its own as it comes and goes 3 or 4 times a year. The fatigue and the hours sleeping my life away is destroying my quality of life. That has had the most destructive effect on my psyche, turning me into a manic depressive (or is it bipolar?). You all are a Godsend. Excuse me while I shed some mental anguish and sadness. One day I'm laughing, the next day I'm crying. It's a hell of a rollercoaster ride. God Bless You All, as you've Blessed me!!