Jonna Hartman of Atlanta, Georgia was diagnosed with polycythemia vera (PV) in March 2015, almost two years after elevated platelets were discovered at an annual physical. Over those two years, she was sent to a hematologist, had a bone marrow biopsy, and not until she started experiencing itching and elevated hematocrit levels, was her diagnosis finally confirmed. Jonna sought an expert in the field and began seeing Dr. Elliott Winton at Winship Cancer Institute. She started treatment with phlebotomy and an aspirin regimen. In early 2018, she began treatment with interferon. Today Jonna is doing well and her main symptom is fatigue which she believes is attributed to being extremely iron deficient. Her advice for others is, “Get information. Educate yourself. You are your own best health advocate.” Jonna is married and has a daughter in college.