19 hours ago
I’ve always been open about my health. Having two chronic illnesses I’ve found it important to share my experience to help others going through the same thing feel less alone. However I’ve been quiet about a recent issue. My blood. My blood levels have been off for the past year. My white blood cells, platelets and more have been abnormally high. I’ve been quiet about this issue because over the past six months things have gone from abnormal to scary to just okay. At first we thought I had a simple blood disorder. Then one of my lymph nodes swelled up and things got serious. From Thanksgiving to Christmas I was in and out of the doctors office trying to rule out cancer. I had multiple scans and tests done trying to figure out what was going on. Ask my parents if they remember Christmas and like me, they’ll say “Not at all”. We were all so stressed out. During this time I was also diagnosed with a rare form of Auto Immune Arthritis and started treatment for it. The CT scan on the lump in my neck came back normal and the question arose that perhaps this was all due to my Arthritis. We wouldn’t know though because the treatment takes a while to be effective and show up on my blood tests. I saw my Rheumatologist a month ago and while my symptoms had decreased, my blood levels were still off. I was really nervous about seeing my Hematologist today and that things were still going to be off and I’d have to have even more tests done. Y’all for the first time in over a year, my white blood cells are normal AND my platelets have dropped! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 I still have to see the Hematologist for a while to make sure everything goes down and stays down BUT it’s looking like I might just be out of the woods! Having this in the back of my mind all these months has been so stressful, but I am just so so happy that I might finally be able to let this go and move on with my life! I see my Endocrinologist in a few weeks, my Rheumatologist in a month and then my Hematologist in July. I’m hopeful that with each visit I will be watching my blood levels move closer and closer to normal. 💕 Thank you to my amazing Mom for coming with me, and supporting me on almost every appointment!