Ok I know I'm jolly irritating always saying let's look on the bright side, but honestly, put your hands together.
I've just come back from a day at the Christie in Manchester. Super treatment, slightly high haematocrit so had a venesection which cleared the fog and the headache I've had for the last week.
I met up with a delightful lady again ( I see her every time I go as she attends the clinic weekly) who has a rare form of leukaemia. Her hands are black as is one side of her face. Nevertheless she remains cheerful despite obviously feeling utterly ghastly.
Next to me in the " treatment" room ( chairs to die for - thinking of smuggling one home) was a chap of about 70 who has non hodgkins lymphoma. He has lost the sight in his right eye which has swollen to the size of a golf ball, and protrudes through the now empty lens of his specs, because the lymphoma is in his sinus glands and hence spread to his eye. Also a jolly chap.
Yes, I know we all have our problems, fatigue, muscle and joint pain etc, but really you know - we're the luckier ones. I came out and said a silent heartfelt thanks to 'im up there.
Let's be positive and thankful that none of us have anything more serious than PV or ET.