Reporting In

Maybe this blog is a foul weather exercise.  Since spring hit, I have hardly written at all – a fact some regular readers have noted.  Our garden overshadows all.  My dreams have always been more robust than my resources.  The garden is no different.  Our gardens beds occupy  between 2500 and 3000 square feet.  It includes over 100 rose bushes and hundreds of other perennials and annuals.  We are still spreading the 18 square yards of mulch.  I took some photos the other day and will be posting some of them shortly.

The girls are here 5-6 days a week for the next six weeks, including spending the night on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Their mom will be finishing her RN degree near the end of July.  Sophie and Isabel keep me pretty occupied.

I have been working at my new job 2-3 evenings a week.  It is pretty interesting.  And much can be said about tasting wine, whiskey and beer as part of your job requirement.. I continue to be amazed at how many people come in and spend hundreds of dollars on liquor.  It was sure good to receive that first pay check, the first in over five years.  The disability people want to keep track of how much money I am making.  But at 10 hours a week, that should be no problem.  It is hard for me to imagine working 8, 12 or 16 hour shifts like I used to as a nurse.

Oh, by the way, I am being sent to jail on Wednesday.  “Jail” is at a local restaurant.  My bail money goes to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Jerry’s Kids).  I really don’t know how they got my name or why I agreed.  They thought that I was a business owner rather than a lonely blogger.  I am not very good at these things.  I do speaking, mentoring and even envelope-stuffing for cancer organizations.  But I seldom volunteer to raise money.  In any case, if you want to help me (and kids with muscular dystrophy), you can DONATE online at or go to my MDA webpage at  Thanks.


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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