Update

Raleigh relaxing in garden

The weather is sweltering here and has driven me indoors.  I didn’t realize it could be so easy to get off task and to stop writing this blog which I have been so carefully devoted to.  I go back to the site occasionally.  Each time it looks like a garden untended and overgrown.  The spam bots have figured out a way to bypass my registration process.  Daily I get a half-d0zen questionable additions to my user list.  My daily visits have taken a marked dive.  No wonder, with no new content.

So I will re-resolve to get back on track again.  Tish noted that my jeans seemed several sizes to large.  She asked if I had been losing weight.  I doubted that but later in the evening I stood on our scales.  It does look like I have dropped 7-9 pounds.  Not to worry though I haven’t had a change in my eating habits – well, maybe a bit more wine and beer though my part-time job at the gourmet shop.  Tomorrow is my scheduled clinic appointment – I went two months this time.  Sinuses have been behaving on the new regimen.   We’ll see what the blood counts say.  No other symptoms though the relevant symptoms are always nebulous.

In the meantime another medical crisis to attend to.  Yesterday my mother, who is 87 and lives next door, fell in her yard, bruising, if not cracking, a rib or two.  Pain is still unrelieved today. So we are heading to the doctor to check it out.  My youngest son is coming over to watch the girls.  My regular back-up sitter is, of course, my mother.

See, it’s not that hard to get started.  Just begin writing.  Not my best post, but words on paper, umm, I mean, ether.

Raspberry pie making

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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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