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Papa, Gemma & Molly

This post is written ahead of time.  We are having the hardwood floors refinished in the living room, dining room and hall.  So my study with its computer will be off-limits for few days.  Tish is out of town for a conference.  The girls and I will spend time next door at my mother’s house.

I have begun to read a book I started in Boston, It’s Good to Know a Miracle: Dani’s Story: One Family’s Struggle with Leukemia.  Written by Dani and her parents, the book is a detailed but straightforward account of a young woman dealing with acute leukemia, its sometimes fearsome treatment, and then the long road to recovery after a bone marrow transplant.  It is a good, accessible reference for anyone going through or supporting someone with acute leukemia, and for anyone facing a bone marrow or stem cell transplant.  I will write a full review the next week or so.

I am fulfilling my desire to get more active and work on improving my strength and endurance.  I went to Menard’s, a big box home improvement center, today.  I loaded up five 2 cu ft bags of potting soil, six 30 pound bags of gypsum, and six 20 pound bags of 12-12-12 fertilizer.  Then when I got home, I had to unload it.  I also picked up just a few vegetable plants.  Thinking about ordering 18 yards of mulch.  But that will have to be delivered by a dump truck.  Me and my John Deere will then pick it up, load after load after load, and spread it around the gardens here and at my Mom’s.

I received a nice email the pother day from Wendy Harpham, a well known physician survivor, author of several books, and a blogger too.  She writes at Wendy Harpham.  She invites others to “visit and add your voice.”

I also got an email from a Sarto Schikel.  His wife and he just published a book called “Cancer Healing Odyssey”.  Her success against cancer involves, among other things, treatment in Mexico.  I will check it out and may post additional information later.

Oprah also sent me an email.  At least her name was somewhere in the email.  Her magazine is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and is sponsoring a walk benefit “Live Your Best Life” in New York City on May 9.  The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is one of ten charities benefiting.

Also an email from Marika Burkhart wanting everyone to know about Navigating Cancer.com.  More about this site later.

All for now.  I will schedule this post for Thursday publication.  I hope to be back at my iMac on Friday.

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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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