This is my first posting on this wonderful site. I visited my GP at the end of Oct and he happened to take my blood pressure. It has always been on the low side of normal but was very high. One week later the result of a blood test showed polycythaemia and 2 weeks later I had an appointment with a specialist at Blackpool Victoria hospital. I had no idea that there was any link to cancer until I was advised by the hospital to go to the Macmillan Unit. I started looking on google and frightened myself silly so that by the time I saw the specialist I was thoroughly confused. Then I had a three week wait for the result of the JAK2 test which was positive. There followed four consecutive weeks of vanesections. Christmas was a bit of a blur as my head was like a cabbage. In the meantime I have learned to live with an incurable but treatable condition and so far my synptoms have not been anymore than tiredness, at times a very red face and eyes and hot flushes which luckily only last moments. I am so glad that I have found this site as shared knowledge is really useful. Warm wishes to you all.