Healthy Living in the Carolinas

My Blood Counts

My Blood Counts

I recently listened to most of the Healing Summit that Kris Carr put on and I felt frustrated to say the least.  I work so hard to eat an anti-inflammatory diet and educate myself on being healthier, mentally and physically.  I manage stress.  I exercise.  I have regular check ups.  I eat very limited animal products and dairy.  I don’t consume refined sugars on a regular basis. I don’t eat artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, or trans fats.  I eat nutrient rich foods. I did most of the things they listed to prevent cancer and here I sit with a blood cancer.

I know I have shared this before, but I will share it here in hopes that maybe this relates to someone else and they can make sure to get further testing or dig deeper.  I can’t say that I would have ever found “clues” to predict this cancer was coming, but I’m sharing my journey nonetheless.  Back in 2004, when I had my daughter, the nurses noticed my white blood count and platelets were low.  They may have been my whole life.  I didn’t go to the annuals much back then so I had no record and even if I did I didn’t pay much attention.

After having my daughter I spent a couple of years going to a hematologist and getting blood tests on a regular basis (every 3 months if I remember correctly).  My doctor couldn’t find anything wrong.  She said they aren’t “that” low.  She knew it worried me that there were no answers and said if I want to rule out anything major that I could get a Bone Marrow Biopsy, which I did! Nothing was found. She called it Chronic Cyclic Leukopenia. I made sure all my doctors since that day knew that this was the case.

For years after I would get CBCs done at any doctor visit I had and send the records to her. She said low white blood counts can cause increase risk of infection and if I’m not sick often to not worry much about it since they aren’t “that” low. Overtime I stopped sending her records but continued to still get annual blood work ups and monitored my counts.

In December 2016 I went to the ER after passing out and cutting my eyelid in the process of the fall. They said it was a drop in blood pressure and dehydration. My white counts were in normal range at that visit and I didn’t think much of it because I had just suffered a traumatic event.  Other than that my counts were always consistent since 2004 until that day of the X-ray where my hemoglobin was slightly low, my platelets were elevated from my norm and my WBC was into the normal range (for me wasn’t normal).

It has ALWAYS been in the back of my mind what this low count meant.  I was rarely sick. Only type of sickness I have had in past 8 years were sinus infections and not that many. Since moving to South Carolina 4 years ago I have had ONE sinus infection and no other sicknesses.  I did my annual appointments (GP annual, Breast Exam, OBGYN exam, Dermatologist, Gastroenterologist) and stayed up on my health.

I did find out my Vitamin D was low in 2016 and I started supplementing with Vitamin D3 and B12 per doctor’s orders.  I’m learning a lot about Vitamin D deficiency and it’s possible link to cancer or prevention of cancer. My friend, Ivy, from Clean Cuisine recently found out her numbers were low even after supplementing AND living in sunny Florida.  Here’s her blog post if you are interested in her story: Vitamin D Deficiency Story

I can’t stress enough how important it is to get your annual exams. Knowing your body and your numbers is SO important.  If I didn’t get these exams I wouldn’t have found my cancer as early as I did.  Don’t let FEAR keep you from scheduling these appointments.  Listen to your body. Even the smallest thing could be a sign or clue.

xo Angie

 



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