Medicine for the Soul

I have added more blogs to the lists this week.  Three of them are by family survivors of loved one’s (husband, fathers) that lost their battles with kidney cancer.  What one of them writes in her introduction encapsulates the reason many of us blog, whether about our own struggles or about someone else.

Nicole Onesti writes in Bumps in the Road“This blog is medicine for my soul. I like to use it as a tool to keep remembering and talking to my dad.”

See also Beauty for Ashes and Tales of a papa’s girl


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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