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Angie Feser

Angie Feser

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Angie Feser was first diagnosed with essential thrombocythemia (ET) in October of 2014 at the age of 46.  During a routine physical, her physician assistant noticed that her platelet counts were high, then followed her for a few weeks, and eventually referred her to a hematologist. Being that Angie is an endurance athlete, she had many questions and concerns related to how ET would impact her physically. When she wasn’t getting answers to her questions and she was told that she wouldn’t likely be running much, she went in search of a specialist. Angie found Dr. Bart Scott at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), and, after her first appointment, she left feeling confident in her condition and in her new healthcare team. She was put on low-dose aspirin and close monitoring. Recently, Angie’s diagnosis was changed to include polycythemia vera (PV). Angie had never realized how much the symptoms she was having, like fatigue, headaches and foggy brain, were affecting her. Today, Angie is very hopeful and is setting goals for her endurance training. Having run over a thousand miles since her diagnosis, she’s signed up for a Half Ironman Triathlon in June 2016 and hopes to do her first 50-mile trail run in the future.  In Angie’s words, “I will always be moving, no matter what my diagnosis looks like because it gives me strength and helps me cope knowing I can still be active.”

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