As I head into my eighth year since that fateful meetup with a very large biopsy needle, I am feeling pretty great actually. I see my oncologist every six months and my last blood test was the best ever. Yes, Ever. Since diagnosis in April of 2007 where the white blood cell count hovered around 17k ( normal is 4-10k) this was my best yet. In October of 2014 my white count was 12.9, as close to 'normal' as I have been.
That does not mean I am 'cured' nor does it count as remission but it does mean that my cancer is not progressing at all and that is a very good thing.
So, how does this effect my daily life? Not that much. I do get tired but I am an older lady now, 56 in May. I am active but not as manic as I used to be thanks to figuring out that all that spinning, weight lifting for hours and running lots of hills was not really better for me. I have to give big ups to Matt Stone of the infamous 180 Degree Health for a lot of my changes for the better. That includes eating a lot more variety of foods and relaxing about food in general. Not the material for a best seller perhaps, but the truth. Some odd bruises pop up here and there, I probably sleep more than the average bear but all in all, if I had not had that biopsy I would still not know that I have CLL.
|CLL Cells in Bone Marrow|
I work full time from home, walk my dog a lot, lift some weights, do a bit of this and that. But writing has always been my thing, my favorite next to reading. The urge to write, share, converse on life and all it's crazy loops and turns is pulling on me hardcore. So here I am. And I hope you join me here as well and share your crazy straw of a life with me and everyone else. We need that. Otherwise it's just so lonely to be in the world.
Thank Goodness for my friends and family, they keep me in line and from really being nuts.
With Love and Gratitude