Looking Forward – guest post


I got an email from Greg Johnston the other day, asking me to include his blog in Cancer Blogs.  The name of his blog sounded familiar.  Sure enough I had already bookmarked it.  Then I checked and, yep, I had listed The Other Side of Cancer in the oral cancers section.  So I wrote back to him to say that his blog had already been included.  No, Greg replied, sorry but that is another blog with almost the same title.  His blog,

Other Side Of Cancer , does not have the prefix “the”.  Looked in my bookmarks again, Greg was right.  So I added him.  Ironically, I had to list him just above the other blog.  Greg’s cancer, head and neck, in in the same category.  Anyway I was looking at his blog and I liked his post about the January tradition of making lists.  Here is Greg’s:

This time of year, we see a lot of lists.

Best music of the decade––according to Rolling Stone Magazine. Best play of the year. Worst movies. Best this, worst that. C’mon, do we really need anyone to tell us what is best or worst? So, to jump on the bandwagon––or at least in front of it––I decided to leave all the old and past pleasures alone and look ahead to 2010. Here’s what I’d like to see, I’m going to see and see how the hell I’m going to get all these things done before the new New Year.
Spend more time with my Wife.
Spend more time with my kids, Adam, Ryan, Travis and Kaity.
Spend more time with Lucky & Eli.
Write more. About stuff I like. In any format. Style. Any subject. Whenever I get the urge.
Inner peace. Really. I’m not kidding. It’s gonna happen. Soon.
More time for me.
Be nicer to people I love.
Be nicer to people I work with. At least once.
Smile more.
Cry while laughing. (It’s the best).
Tell people I appreciate them.
Clarity. On anything. At least once.
Volunteer. More.
Learn something new every day.
The smell of cut grass.
Celebrating birthdays. Especially my own.
Have a heart to heart talk with God. At least once.
A clean PET scan, so I’m cancer free.
Cry while laughing. (It’s still the best).
Yeah, that should take all year. But it should also take place every day, right? So what’s next?
Looking forward to accomplish the list above.


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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