Oct 31, 2009 - 12:38 pm
Hi, there --
I'm a newbie, dx'd earlier this year with CLL. Stage 0, WBC 15 ALC 7000. Prognostic markers favorable. I feel fine but am nonetheless pretty traumatized. I'm getting used to the whole thing and I have much to be thankful for.
Meanwhile, I'm a pretty social guy and am now finding it hard to decide whether or not to tell colleagues and casual friends what's really going on when they say, "So, what's new?" I make up something stupid but meanwhile there's something important to me I'm not talking about. Drives me crazy. I've tried just telling people the truth a couple of times but have found I can't get past the "L-word" without an instant death sentence being pronounced on me.
Others with longer experience must have encountered this, along with just about anyone else who has cancer. Advice or resources I could turn to?