So far, I have been fortunate that I have not experienced any real symptoms of HCL and have not yet received any treatment. I have quarterly blood tests to monitor the course of the disease, but absent adverse developments in my blood counts or the symptoms appearing, I will continue to live with the disease without treatment. My personal research into HCL, coupled with the advice of a number of medical practitioners, give me comfort that even if treatment is needed, the prognosis is excellent. I offer all this as encouragement to take HCL seriously, but to believe that with proper diagnosis and treatment, which could range from active monitoring to active intervention with well-tested therapies, a patient with HCL has a very high probability of leading a long and fulfilling life. If we are fortunate, the work of the Hair Cell Leukemia Consortium will over time improve our odds even further.