H1N1 Hits Home

I am back at home, discharged from the hospital earlier in the week.  The cultures finally came back as positive for H1N1 influenza.  I am still feeling pretty wiped out and not up to writing much.  But I did want to give you a short update.  Laying in the hospital, I did think of quite a few things to write about.  Being in a feverish stupor at the time, I hope that I can recall some of them.  I have really gotten off schedule with ther blog.  Hopefuly I can get back to writing in a couple of days.  Being sick with this flu was like having cancer in microcosm.  As depressing, inconvinient, and distressing as this was, it’s hard to re-imagine the burden of active cancer.  Talk to you soon.


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.


H1N1 Hits Home — 3 Comments

  1. Dennis,
    You must be wondering if you can ever catch a break. Just remember as you continue to heal, there are so many of us out here reading you blog and sending positive thoughts your way. We are each reminded of the importance of taking care of ourselves first to regain our strength and purpose.

    Much love to you.

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