Here We Go Again…and Again

New month, new virus.  Just 4 days after I finished my ten day course of azithromycin, I have started chilling every five or six hours, followed by temperature spikes to 103.  One gram of acetamenophen and I am drenched in sweat ninety minutes later.  I hope spring will bring an end to this.  Back to bed, no more writing today.


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.


Here We Go Again…and Again — 4 Comments

  1. i am so sorry that you are sick again, and again….i don’t know why, but i wanted to let you know that my mother died on 2/26 from lung CA. we had a very conflicted relationship (she was an alcoholic, angry and bitter) but i brought her to my house in CA from her place in MA to care for her during her final months. hospice was not all i thought it would be. she died twenty seven hours after her 78th birthday…i am lost.

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