It's amazing how 4 months changes things around! The start of the year was a bit grim especially after starting the treatment. I was prescribed Imatinib (Glivec) 400 mg straight after my diagnosis was confirmed; the first couple of weeks I felt quite sick but this passed quickly. I had bad leg pains but this was good in a way as it meant the drug was clearing out the rubbish in my bone marrow. In the middle of this I had a job interview which was fortunately successful but I was worried that I wouldn't be able to cope with the pain. Talking to my consultant, the brilliant Dr Grech at The Royal Berks, he suggested taking an anti-inflammatory which I did and the pain I had experienced for 4 weeks disappeared within an hour.
So, the situation now is that my white blood cell count is normal and we are starting to measure the molecular status of the disease. This will take the best part of a year and so far, things are progressing in the right direction. I've decided to be part of it all and have set myself a target to raise £5000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research by undertaking a series of challenges. See my fundraising page!