I am a 60 year old lady who was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with E.T. after 12-18 months of, as I thought, weird, periodic and unrelated symptoms. Burning fingertips in my left hand, disturbed eyesight, dizzy spells and tiredness. The tiredness I put down to getting older, which was hard to admit, always having been very fit and very active.
I am taking Hydroxycarbamide and aspirin. I go back to the consultant next week who was very good and made a point of telling me this was not a terminal illness and not to get hung up on the word 'cancer'. I'll let you into a secret Doctor, I lost my lovely husband almost 8 years ago to the dreaded disease, so it is no stranger in my life unfortunately.
About a week after diagnosis, I had a meltdown day, cried my eyes out, felt very sorry for myself, having nobody to hold my hand at home, the dog tries but he has his own agenda requiring me to have energy. I think this is the hardest thing for me so far. A rethink on diet may be required as I have gained 10lbs in the last 12-18 months due to my body feeling like a lead weight most days.
I just wanted to say hello and I have not felt so alone in this, having read some of your posts. I am sure I will get informed advice to any questions I may have from you all, thank you.