Technical Difficulties

I didn’t mean to go this long between posts.  Whene everything is up and runing, I hope to post at least three times a week, more if we receive a lot of ‘comments’.  But I am still struggling with the technical side of getting this up.  I actually started renting server time in November.  The blog would move (or not move) in fits and starts.  I struggled with one ftp (file transfer protocol) then another.  Error messages.. Then finally, two weeks ago, it all seem to come together.  I actually saw my blog on my computer screen.  Then I was able to change from the default design theme to the present red and black one – “Alibi”.  Now I am working on plug-ins and other design to make it easier for you to respond, comment, subscribe, etc.  And make it possible for me to track, edit, promote, and otherwise manage the various aspects of running a blog site.  But the over-riding goal of all this technical mastery is to begin building a strong community of persons whose lives have been transformed by cancer.

Yesterday I attended a volunteer training meeting of my local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Sitting and talking with other survivors of blood cancers put me back in touch with what this blog can be about.  People coming together after having drifted off in different directions, seeking a way to share, to contribute, to make a difference.  To create something positive out of having had and been cancer.

In the next post, hopefully in a couple of days, I want to begin to outline what the goals, objectives, and activities of Being Cancer might look like.  It will also be my first call to all of you out there – what would you like to see in an online community?  what is missing out there?  what is important and what is not?  There are tons of resources for cancer patients out there?  But where is the niche?  the need not being adequately met?  In the meantime, if anyone is reading this, feel free to leave a little bit of yourself.


About Dennis Pyritz

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN, has been a cancer nurse since 1987 and a cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor since 2004. In December 2001 he was diagnosed with t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Dennis was treated with the then new monoclonal antibody, alemtuzumab (Campath) as this disease has a median survival of 7.5 months. He achieved a 26 month remission but relapsed in February 2004. He was retreated with Campath and went into a second remission. In August 2004 he underwent an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant with his brother, Mark, as donor. Dennis has remained in remission since - a near miracle. Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speal to both lay and professional groups. Dennis has spoken on cancer topics and survival issues across the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyrpus, Israel, and India.


Technical Difficulties — 1 Comment

  1. This is a test comment from my wife’s computer. Will it work? What will it look like? What can I learn? If I can do it, so can you. Talk to you soon!

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