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Old December 30th, 2008, 05:58 PM
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Unhappy Oh no...prayers needed.

I'm so scared.

Our family doctor called us today, my dads blood test (routine) was abnormal. His white blood cell count was through the roof. He wouldnt tell me my mom but told my dad and told him he wouldnt lie to him, its an indication of leukemia.

How everything changes in an instant. The doctor advised him to cancel his travel plans, little bro will be travelling alone. He is being referred to a hematologist.

Oh God. Your prayers please.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 06:01 PM
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Oh no, could it be something else . Maybe an infection somewhere?
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Old December 30th, 2008, 06:10 PM
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My thoughts and prayers are with you

for it being something harmless

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Old December 30th, 2008, 06:14 PM
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I hope so L4H, I really hope so. He is asymptomatic otherwise though, so I dont know

I tried looking it up a bit..looks like it would be Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia....those at risk are males over 60 and it often first shows up in routine blood check.

Trying not to freak out..but way for the family doctor to freak us out. All he says is "its indicative of leukemia" "postpone your travel plans indefinately"

Its hard not to freak out

I sincerely hope Im getting myself worked up for no reason.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 06:14 PM
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I have to stay away from google.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 06:16 PM
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I have to stay away from google.
Yes, it can set a person into a panic needlessly.

I hope it is nothing
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Old December 30th, 2008, 06:40 PM
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thnks guys....i just needed to tell someone because I cant tell family (well they already know but i mean were not talking about it now) and friends, its too early...plus we still dont know exactly whats going on pending further tests.


No more google...
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Old December 30th, 2008, 06:59 PM
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well you got it early and you have a good docter i would think
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Hope things go good for your Dad!

Yes, do stay away from google for medical issues.....just too many sites and you really cannot diagnose an ailment online. Talk to the Drs who know your Dad, they are the ones that should be able to give you detaills!!!

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Onster, I know it's easier said then done, but please try not to worry too much. And yes, stay away from google cuz you'll be considering the worst case scenarios. Let the doctors figure out what's going on. I'm assuming your dad has regular physicals and blood tests so, whatever it is, it's detected early which is a good thing. So it's good, ok? Stay positive so your dad will feel all the good vibes.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 07:23 PM
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Onster add our prayers and good wishes and vibes. Try not to freak out until you get all the test results, could be his body is fighting off an infection.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 07:29 PM
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I'm with the others onster , wait until your dad goes for some more tests. Doctors always make it sound worse than it already is , to make sure their patients go for more tests.

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Old December 30th, 2008, 07:32 PM
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Onster I am with everyone else here in wanting to send you good vibes for your Dad! But listen you have to wait and see what is said. Sometimes it is bent out of proporation or mistakes are made. Perhaps things affected the bloodwork like stress and stuff....

Thinking of you and your family!

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Old December 30th, 2008, 07:44 PM
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Onster sending you good vibes from here that is something else less serious.or like Winston said something like stress affected the testing.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 07:55 PM
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Thanks guys

I feel like Im in the twilight zone.

My dads been on the computer, sending out work emails, giving instructions to everyone....he's very proactive and says he justs need to keep the ball rolling in his absence but im just like woah woah, everything is fine, u know? My mom is acting like everything is fine and keeps telling my dad "see I told you not to drink too much coffee" "its probably the coffee" . Lil bro and I are basically just silently freaking.

My dad has always had anemia but they never gave him a reason why (he had extensive testing way back).

The reason Im more scared is cuz the family doc said the last time he had this tested was in 2001. Even though my dad has had checkups since then, but i guess they did not have a full panel??

Keeping postive that its just nothing
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Scary times, onster...but try not to dwell on it till the tests come back. Ya, I know...easier said than done ...but there's no sense in worrying yourself sick before you even know exactly what you're dealing with. If he's been asymptomatic otherwise, then whatever it is has been caught early.

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Old December 30th, 2008, 08:48 PM
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onster take a deep breath and relax until your dad has further test. there are other causes for a high white count. i've been there done that with my older daughter when she was 2 and had one virus after another, her white count was sky high and the doctor warned me it could be cancer but when they retested her 6 weeks later everything was fine. hopefully that will be the case with your dad.
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Onster, I know exactly what you are going through.

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Onster, lots of and coming your way for you and your family.

I know it's hard, but try not to think about it - hopefully it's not serious
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Old December 31st, 2008, 10:17 AM
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Add my prayers to the list!! And remember, MEDICINE ISN'T MATH !! That means that 2 and 2 don't always add up to 4 in a diagnosis. It could be pointing to leukemia and still not be leukemia. Or it could be leukemia and he could respond beautifully. Cancer is NOT an automatic death sentence. And trust me, google could scare you to death !!

In March of 2000 I was given about 8 months to live and here it is almost 9 years later and I am happy, healthy and cancer free !! If you want to pm me I'll be happy to tell you some of the things we learned that made a HUGE difference when it came to choosing the right facility, getting the most accurate diagnosis etc.

I don't want to bore everyone here but there are a few things that many people neglect to do that can make all the difference in the world. I was lucky that a woman on the next block called me and told me what she had learned and gave me some great advice that probably saved my life.

I'm praying hard for your family and if there is anything I can do to help just let me know.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 10:19 AM
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Thanks all. I really do believe in the power of collective prayer. I'm more clear headed today (I was constantly having to excuse myself yesterday to let out a few tears) Thank God for everything...I have to keep saying that. I do believe were never given anything we can't handle, so right now all I can say is thank God for our blessings - who knows maybe something bad would have happened if my dad travelled.
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My thoughts and 's are with you and your family Onster. Wait until all of the appropriate tests and the results are in before worrying
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Lots of and good vibes headed your way from my gang.

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Old December 31st, 2008, 01:55 PM
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So my dad picked his results up today...some good news, thank God. Our doctor was wrong over the phone and the last time my dad had this check done was Jan 07 and last year everything was perfect (which means he hasnt had this for a long time). IF the indication of the results are right, my dad has chronic lymphocytic leukemia, which is a very slow progressing leukemia. 1/3 of those diagnosed never need treatment, 1/3 need treatment within 2 yrs of diagnosis and 1/3 eventually need treatment.

I feel much better.

Keeping fingers crossed and prayers that whatever is best will happen.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 02:19 PM
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We had a friend who was treated successfully for a more aggressive form of leukemia. They swear by Fred Hutchinson Hospital (clinic? hospital? I can't remember the exact name) in Seattle Washington. Just throwing that out if you're wanting to research facilities or get second opinions.
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Old December 31st, 2008, 02:21 PM
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thanks joeysmama.

From what I read, this type of leukemia actually has no cure, its more a wait and see approach in the early stages and then chemo/radiation to slow down the effects/ get rid of lumps that may show up later.

Its differrent than the acute leukemia where u can do a marrow transplant and such.
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I'm glad the news isn't "worst case scenario", Onster. We went through the same thing with my father-in-law 3 years ago. He was given 6 months to live back in 2005. Well, I'm happy to say, I spent the weekend getting the gears from him.

I remember when he was first diagnosed. They thought worst case scenario, and he had treatment even though I think he felt it was useless. I went nuts with google, found out that his cancer had a 9% survival rate, but I kept thinking about Lance Armstrong, who was given less than 2% then went on to win 7 Tour de Frances, and will be going for #8 this year. I don't know where I heard it, so forgive me for my plagerism but...where there's life, there's hope.

Though it sounds like things aren't as bad as feared, I'll be keeping you in my thoughts, sending your dad good vibes.
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