My story so far!
My story so far!
I was diagnosed with CML on 9th February 2015 - it was a complete shock to myself and my wife.
I have just turned 50 (8th Dec) and had a health check in November - all come back good. But I was not feeling right - sleeping all the time, out of breath, night sweats etc. I was on holiday in January 2015 in Cornwall, and my filling fell out of my tooth. A friend gave me codine pain killers, but I had to leave the holiday early to get to my dentist. The tooth was filled and the pain went but I wasn't feeling right and went to the GP because my stomach was swollen on 4th February. They sent me for blood tests and stated I was constipated - blood was taken on 5th February and I got a call on 6th February from the GP stating blood was fine.
The GP called again 2 hours later and said get myself straight to A&E as my white blood count was "off the grid". My wife came home from work and we went straight to A&E. There we saw 3 doctors. The first one requested X-rays and blood again. When we were waiting in reception, the doctor came out and said that he was leaving, but had looked at the X-ray and said that if my blood count was 190 I would have been dead! He suggested it was probably a typing error.
We thought great - we can go home soon! NO! the second doctor said he wanted to take more blood and the first test was lost. He wanted an ultrasound too but that department was now closed. He said that the swelling was in the spleen and it was very enlarged. We waited again for the blood results which revealed that white blood cell count was now 200 and my spleen was extremely enlarged.
We finally saw the oncology doctor on 9th February and that was when I was diagnosed with CML. We couldnt believe what he was saying. My wife asked him if what would have happened if my tooth hadn't fallen out and there had been no swelling. The answer he gave was shocking as he said I would have been dead within 4 weeks!!!
We are with BUPA and they have been amazing. It's an emotional rollercoaster at the moment with trips to the hospital and regular blood tests and I am on chemo - 2 tablets in morning and 2 in the evening. However my white blood cells are now to the right amount now - everyday I am glad I am alive.
I own two salons, beauty and hair - and we are doing a fund raising day on our 1st year anniversary at Lush-By-Design. My wife is also running the 10k race for BUPA on 25th May and we have already raised over £5,000
I am extremely positive and I will kick this!!