by Barry Kratz
My name is Barry, and I was diagnosed with PV in June 1992 at the age of 22. I have been asked to share my story and give some insight to help overcome this sometimes-debilitating disease. I want to emphasize that what follows is my own experience. Treatments have likely changed over the years, so your experiences might be quite different. In addition, I've been told that younger people can get more serious cases that progress rather quickly compared to most people who get the disease in their 40s or 50s. My case was very difficult and took a long time to control. Thankfully (knock on wood), things have been going well for me for the past 7 years.