Things I would have missed

Isabel & "Papa"So maybe this is an easy excuse to get rolling again with the blog.  It is rainy out and the girls are not going to be here today.  So I have some time I had not anticipated.  I managed to get my printer working yesterday.  A crumpled piece of paper had worked its way under the print-head.  Anyway I loaded photos from both cameras into the computer.  So now I have something to share.

Sophie, Tish & MollyBefore my “miracle” cure with the drug Campath of my previously fatal rare illness, t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia, I, of course, had no grandchildren.  None of my own children were even married yet, or even in serious relationships.  Now I have four beautiful granddaughters (after having raised three boys) – Sophia – 4, Isabel – 2, the twins Gemma and Molly – 7 months.  Do it gives me an opportunity to post some photos from their recent visit.

Gemma, Sophia, & MollyOver the years I have dabbled in gardening.  But it was not until “retirement” and a rather large, sunny yard that I got more seriously interested in horticulture.  As I mentioned before, we have 2500-3000 square feet devoted to various flower and vegetable beds.  Over 100 American and English roses, heathers, Russian sage, lilacs bushes, columbines, thymes, speedwell, wiegelas, Rose of Sharons, sedum, campanula, clematis, peonies, dianthus, delphinium, hollyhocks, hostas, lavender, phlox, and more.  So I will be sharing photos of these.  I like to buy shriveled, sad-looking clearance plants and bring them back to life.  The symbolism of this act not lost on me.

"James Galway"And hopefully I will get back into publishing more regularly again.

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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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Things I would have missed — 1 Comment

  1. Couldn’t agree with you more, Dennis, about missing things. I’m going to a Grandfather again in 2 months. Hoping and praying I’m still around to see him when he gets here. Being a “Papa” is the best.

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