I've been off work almost since diagnosis (grief, stress, tiredness). When I saw a young GP (once) he told me just to forget about having CLL. My job is VERY stressful but the main thing that worries me is that, being a teacher, on returning to work, I will be exposed to the germs of around 100 or so pupils in my classroom over a day. I know my immune system will become increasingly compromised, but it is very good just now (eg hubby been unable to give me his last two colds, one of which was really bad and persistent). BUT, if I'm exposed to a lot of potential infections, won't my immune system produce more lymphocites to defend me and won't these include the cancerous ones which, besides being ineffective for purpose, won't die? Won't this encourage the decline of my health more quickly? I'd hate to think I would be helping the bad b lymphocites to take over, sooner than they might otherwise. What do you think?