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Family Denial
May 16, 2003
Hi all,
My family doctor told me in February that I have CLL. I'm 37 and he told me that a person usually develops CLL after the age of 50.
After reviewing my medical charts my wbc has been up & down since 1995. It varies from 13 - 18. Hasn't been past 18. He said that he didn't want to send me for the bone marrow test just yet; he said it was a really painful procedure. However, when my wbc doubles, he'll send me then. He told me not to worry about anything, not to stress and to live my life just as normal as I possibly could. By the way, stress can cause a wbc to be high. Initially that's what he first thought it was, stress.
I have really bad night sweats at times. I very rarely get sick. I'm very healthy. Other than going every three months for like a year getting blood tests, I've been great. And now I only have to go once a year for the blood test.
I haven't seen an oncologist/hematologist and this is what concerns my family. Thay say that the doctor had no business telling me I have CLL when I haven't been checked by a Specialist.
My question is this, is my family right for thinking this, or are they in denial.
Like I said, I feel fine other than the night sweats. I have accepted what my doctor has told me and I'm on about my everyday life.
Thanks for any input. May you all be blessed!!

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