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I ran across an interesting web site the other day.  I added it to the “Cancer Resources” page under “Support”.  It is called Daily Strength – Online Support Groups For Cancers – DailyStrength.  This is a collection of discussion-type support groups, divided into 38 categories for different cancer types.  Leukemia is divided into four groups, lymphoma into two.  There is a group for caregivers and for bone marrow transplant recipients.  Anyone can read the discussions but you need to join to post your own comment or topic.  They also seem to be taking surveys per group regarding the relative effectiveness of different type therapies.

Another item of possible interest was presented to me by “Great Nonprofits – Find ratings and reviews of the best nonprofits, charities, and volunteer opportunities” Right now they are looking for “People who have personal experiences with organizations (volunteers, clients, board members, donors) can post reviews and stories on GreatNonprofits.org, and the nonprofits that get the most positive reviews during July will win the contest. Individuals who participate also have a chance to win prizes.”

I have recently added some additional blogs from ovarian and breast cancer survivors as well as a few others.  Just a reminder that, if you find this site to be of value, please consider adding Being Cancer to your blogroll or otherwise recommend us in a post. I think that with this type of blog, there is a critical mass related to the success and value of the blog.  The more people that visit the site the more blogs that I can add to the growing blogroll, the more people we can encourage to start their own blog, the more resources we can offer, and the more effective we can be as a community.

Take care, Dennis

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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.

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