How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by Clarita on Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:35 AM
I was depress one night when I curse myself and wish I have cancer. Yes, it's sound stupid but I was depress. One day doctor told me I have cancer. I didn't care back them until two week ago. My boys who are in Florida wanted to know about it and I didn't know what to say because I didn't know nothing about it. Now I'm learning more about it and I have symptoms from cml. Everyday is pain on my back and my legs, especialy my right hip and I get tired alot and shorted of breath. The only family that I have in NY is my half sisters and my boyfriend but I feel like they don't understand what I'm going throw even when I told them about it and what side effect I'm having but they expect to much from me. I'm not very good in telling my story, but I need to learn more about this and help myself. I do go to hematology every month, but I don't know what kind of questions should I ask my doctor. Well my friends thank you for been here in cancer compass.
by JUNIEMOOTS on Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:20 AM
Hello, I'm sorry you have CML. Make sure it's not CMML (two M's). If it is CML, then if you have to have a blood disorder, it's one of the ones that can be treated with medication (Gleevac) and you can live a full life. It is scary if you're alone. You should try to join a group at a Cancer Center. They are very helpful and many of the patients know a lot. There are many resources out there - you just have to look. Go on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Website. Contact your local hospital. Also, make a list of things you want to ask the doc before you go so you don't forget to ask - and write down the answers. May God bless you in your journey, Clarita.
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