A week ago I was very excited to be going to my last six month oncology appointment...I would get to go to yearlies since I was five years cancer free. After the routine blood work, I was told they wanted to do the tests again. On the second round of blood work, I was told my white count was low. It could be a virus. I was given an appointment for the next week. More blood work showed an lower count; even lower than when I was on chemo. Friday I went in for a bone marrow biopsy and made an appointment for the next week to talk about the results. Early Saturday morning I received a call from my oncologist who said she got the preliminary results Friday evening and final Saturday morning. I have acute promyelocytic leukemia. Dr. B said I needed to go to the hospital immediately. "Immediately, as in right now?" I asked. (I was trying to finish my oatmeal and blueberries!) She asked me how I was feeling, and when I told her "fine" she said I could wait until Sunday afternoon.
After getting off the phone, shedding a few tears, praying for strength and guidance, I began making phone calls. Thanks to great family and friends, my classroom was taken care of, I met with my realtor (Y,es in the middle of everything, I'm trying to sell my house!), got my act together, and made it to the hospital. What a whirlwind!
Okay, I need to take a moment and do a little praising. Praise, really? Yes, I can see God's fingerprints all over this. First, I didn't have any symptoms. I was well enough to take care of the things I needed to see to before coming to the hospital. According to Dr. B, this is a very aggressive form of leukemia and patients are usually exhibiting symptoms including pain and bleeding. I still feel okay. (I do feel a little guilty because I've been on the computer or phone most of the day.) Another plus: this is a very treatable form or leukemia and it was caught early. More praise...I can have visitors! This is not inherited...no risk for my family!
There are several more things I want to blog about, but will save for other posts. (I don't like to read really long posts, so I figure no one else does either.) In order to keep everyone updates, I will updates. I will also be blogging about my experience and thoughts during this whole journey. I've been telling people this is going to be an adventure, but I'd rather be on a safari in Africa if given a choice!