Hi Janet, a big warm welcome to Blood Cancer UK online forum, it’s so lovely to have you join the family of forum members
It does sound like you have a lot going on Janet? And I’m so sorry to hear you feel like you haven’t always got the support from your GP- this must be so frustrating for you.
Janet, we were given confirmation that people who had been shielding in England up until 1st August where shielding would be paused, would receive a letter coming from the Government to inform you of the pausing and the guidance around this. These letters have been inputted into by individual treating teams. This could be what you have received, however, there is some really good advice from our other forum members about talking directly to your treating team and your GP. This is something we would always strongly encourage before making any changes to the way you’re shielding, they will always be in the best position to give more specific and tailored advice around your individual circumstances. They will have the fuller picture of you as an individual, your medical history and your general state of health among many other important factors.
It’s so understandable to have concerns given your diagnosis of Essential Thrombocythemia and diabetes, and equally so important that you’re clear and informed as to why such guidance has been advised for you- hopefully talking to your GP and treating team will give you more clarity on this- it’s what they’re here for. So please never hesitate to reach out.
Do let us know how you get on Janet, the forum is always here to talk through any questions and concerns you have.
Hope everyone else is doing okay?