I find myself waiting for lab results this weekend. I recently had extensive bloodwork, based on having an elevated red blood cell count and an elevated hematocrit.
Due to these elevations, I was diagnosed with polycythemia. My most recent bloodwork is being used to determine if I have primary or secondary polycythemia. Secondary polycythemia is a less serious diagnosis. Primary polycythemia is a rare form of blood cancer.
Unfortunately, my results don’t support secondary polycythemia as the etiology of my symptoms. Therefore, I’m anxiously waiting to find out if I have primary polycythemia.
I’m waiting to find out if I have a specific genetic mutation, JAK 2, that is associated with primary polycythemia, which is also known as polycythemia vera.
After all of the medical challenges that I’ve had, I find it surreal to realize that I’m waiting to find out if I have blood cancer.