Heading Home

As you read this, we are probably on the road, traveling through Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, or Ohio.  Our guidebook called Boston a “motorist’s nightmare.”  We discovered that on our last visit here, getting lost on two occasions even with MapQuest printed directions.  So our new Garmin GPS has really paid off.  We still get lost, though only momentarily while the GPS recalculates.  Not all the streets are marked at intersections.  When the GPS says turn right at a specific street, there is usually a choice of turns as most intersections seem to be made up of five or six streets, all going off at odd angles.  And these are not even the rotaries or roundabouts.

It is blustery and cold today.  I am getting ready to take pictures of the twins enjoying their bath.  Then off on a family outing to a Himalayan restaurant and then to a children’s clothing store.

If you are a close observer, you will have noticed that I have expanded the subtitle of the blog.  The thought came to me during one of the conference sessions.  My writing and projects have become more about the cancer blogging phenomenon than about my own experiences.  So in yet another iteration in the continuing development of this site the blog’s focus will begin to reflect that more and more.  During the session I wrote in my notebook the words “blogging portal”.  It was only later, looking at the words again, that I thought to amend the blog subtitle to “A Blogging Portal for People Transformed by Cancer.” I am not sure exactly what that means for the content and mission of Being Cancer Network.  But the new wording at least frames the direction.  Any thoughts are welcome as always.

Apologies to Mary Cappello. We will get back to her book Called Back on Monday.  Please finish the book if you haven’t already.  Lyrical and pensive prose.  At the conference I met a couple who have published a book about their 26 year old daughter’s miracle battle with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and her subsequent bone marrow transplant.  It’s Good to Know a Miracle: Dari’s Story by Jay and Sue Shotel.   I will post purchasing information when I return home.  A review will follow in a week or so.

I need to figure out how to add graphics and photos to blog posts when I am traveling.  I feel like I am cheating readers by posting without illustrations, modest as they are.  See you next week, Dennis


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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