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I'm only 46 myself and was diagnosed with MDS 5q- back in 2000 when I was only in my 30's. I've been to two other patient forum's and this was the first time really where there have been other younger people there too. It is good to know that other younger people are probably being diagnosed better and will have some of the same thoughts and concerns that I did initially, but now hopefully have a greater source of information through our patient group and the forums.
I'd be happy to chat to anyone about their MDS experiences, and particularly if you have 5q- or are a "younger" patient.
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I was at the London Forum on Friday and also thought it was excellent,very informative and am very glad that i went.I too am a "younger" patient at 47 and have MDS RCMD.I was diagnosed in March this year (My story is under the category "My Experiences" topic-"Just been diagnosed") after having low platelets and white cells since 1999/2000.They were picked up on a routine blood test but it took 13 YEARS to diagnose MDS.So,i too may have had it since my mid 30's but it never showed up in my bone marrow.
Shame we never got chance to chat and share our experiences on Friday.I will definitely attend any future London forums as they are very helpful.
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Good to see both of you at the Forum on Friday. Yes, I too was struck as I often am at these meetings - (and I have now been to 6 of them) - that although the median age for diagnosis is currently 72+, there do seem to be an awful lot of younger people at the meetings who are affected by MDS. I wonder if it is simply that doctors are not looking for MDS in younger patients who have clearly got blood count issues and it is not until obvious and bothersome symptoms occur that a proper investigation and diagnosis is made. After all , it is only a bone marrow biopsy which can really confirm an MDS diagnosis. I reckon I had low white cell counts for at least 6 years before mine kicked off as I kept having recurrent cellulitis on my legs but always managed it myself and never went to the doctors - not that they would necessarily have put 2 + 2 together and got the blood counts done - more likely they would just have kept prescribing antibiotics!!!
Fiona/David - maybe you could put up a separate topic unger MDS diagnosis for MDS patients under 50 as there may be an even greater need for support and information on other issues such as employment etc?
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David - sorry I missed you on Friday - I usually hone out younger people that I spot!!
Chris - I think you're right about younger patients not being diagnosed. At the time I was diagnosed I was still playing basketball for England so was physically very fit, so my inablity to fight off infection and shortness of breath due to anaemia flagged up right away. Had I been a "normal" person as such without the same intense exercise regime I suspect it would have been some years later until I was diagnosed. Davids example also highlights the fact that GP's don't necessarily consider this disease in young people - and that's also dependant on how much they know about MDS anyway.
I will try and post something about younger patients, because I am seeing more of them at forums.
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My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed the London Patient Forum on Friday. We found it very reassuring as I have only just been diagnosed formally with mds. I was originally treated in 2002 for Low Grade Non Hodgkins Lymphoma with chlorambucil and steroids. NHL is never completely cured but it has been in remission since early 2003. I am now presenting with macrocytic anaemia, low white blood counts and a slightly low platelet count. I am being treated at both Lewisham Hospital and Kings College Hospital. I would be interested to know of anyone else who has developed mds following treatment for Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.
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