BY Andrea Spica

During a routine checkup about 20 years ago, my primary care doctor noticed that my blood platelet count was going up. After meeting with a hematologist near my home in Dallas, I was diagnosed with essential thrombocytosis. That meant my body was making excess platelets for an unknown reason.

For about nine years, I took anagrelide daily to manage the essential thrombocytosis. I continued cycling, traveling and enjoying retirement...

Andrea Spica smiling sitting in a chair.  A beige sofa and glass coffee table with plants on it sit behind her.