How did you make the final decision to begin HU protocol for ET?
Hi, I continue to research and learn from others with ET. I am 57, and diagnosed this past year. Jak2 positive, ET. I may have suffered a thrombotic event post-knee surgery in 2021, therefore my MNP specialist ( Hematologist) is recommending I being Hydroxyurea ( HU). I am so hesitant to take it, for many reasons, and trying to connect with others' decision-making process. My doctor did a fellowship with Mayo Clinic, however, I am still considering going to the Mayo clinic for a second opinion. Mainly for a timeline of when I truly HAVE to being HU protocol to reduce risks of stroke, heart attack, and clots. My counts are between 570-680 platelets. I do suffer from headaches, very cold hands, and feet, and tingling in my calves ( I am told this is not related, but I can feel my calf muscles twitching almost all the time. I get fatigued, but I remain very determined to keep healthy movement. I cycle 5 days a week and hike when the weather allows. Mostly, I would like to hear others' experiences from diagnosis to when they started on HU, and what ultimately helped YOU cross the line to treatment. Thank you,