Hi, I'm Alice and have been DX this spring with the count about 900. Went thru tests and stated 1000 hydrea a day for several months, until lowered to 200,000. Am bruising and wonder if it is normal. Had several headaches for months, now better, but am nervous right now as I have been sick, my husband has to have surgery soon, and I am taking care of my father-in-law part time. I am a senior citizen so I am thrilled to still be alive and active. This really isn't so bad...at least Drs have drugs to help you alone. Thank God for research and good Doctors.