1st day back at pre-school

Disability woes

Sorry I have been away from the computer for a while.  Came down with another viral thing – just a bad cold but without a fever.  Still it slowed me down.  I figured out that my new job – working at a gourmet wine and spirits shop a few hours a week – is mainly for my mental health.  Unnum, the insurance company that I receive my disability income from, figures this is a good time to do a complete review of my case.  I spent an hour in a phone interview with a nice-enough “case specialist”.  The company wants to make sure that I am able to live up to my full potential.  Working three hours three evenings a week pouring wine at the tasting bar has sent up a red flag from them.  Of course I only make 1/3 per hour and 8% a year of what I would be making if I were able to work full-time in my chosen profession, nursing.  And I have had to call in sick a number of days since I started work three months ago.  They plan to contact all of my physicians and get back in touch with me.  I guess they’re just doing their job.  It’s a reasonable enough request.  Yet somehow I sense that their primary agenda has more to do with their financial health than with my reaching my full potential.  I’ll keep you posted.

New thyroid blog

Another email from a new blogger:  Hi,
My name is Ann Dunlap, and I’d like my blog to be included on your wonderful website.  It’s a thyroid cancer blog, and the link is:   Strong in Weakness, Glowin’ in the Dark
I really appreciated finding your website today, as I’ve been recently diagnosed, and looking for anything I can find.

Author, Richard Schimmel, dies

I heard on the news today that Richard Schimmel, author of Cancer on $5 a Day, died of injuries sustained in a car accident.  His book was reviewed as our January Book Club selection.

Site plans

Plans are coalescing for streamlining the look of this site.  I want to put more focus on the Cancer Blog List as it is our most used resource.  I am working on ways to make it easier to navigate.  Coming it soon will be a couple of book reviews.


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.


Bits… — 1 Comment

  1. Dennis,
    My husband, who is recovering from surgery to remove a malignant sarcoma, also received a call from UNUM. They asked him many questions about what he was up to during his disability leave. Was he making hi own meals, taking care of children, driving etc Our local Dr. said UNUM called him to check up on my man while he was in surgery!! They don’t want to pay his disability leave. It is an unfortunate part of dealing with illness and we share your frustration. Even our family doctor thought their behavior was shameless. I hope you are fully recovered from your virus.
    The Cancer Wife

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