New blog section

A new blog section has been added to the Cancer Blogs Lists – a Miscellaneous Cancer Blogs section.   This is devoted to blogs that are ancillary to the main body of disease categories.  One section features a blog that is devoted to the needs of cancer caregivers.  The next section offers a selection of cancer blogging communities, places where survivors add their collective voices to a community dialogue rather than maintaining an individual blog.  We needed a place to put blogs by cancer doctors and nurses to offer their own unique take on the cancer experience.  And finally there is a section to help children deal with a family member’s cancer.

I still need to look for ways to improve the listings under “Uncommon Cancers”.

An update of my life:  we returned last Monday from our trip to Boston.  The drive never gets shorter.  But the twins at eleven months were a delight.  I have an appointment at the transplant clinic this week.  One of the topics for discussion – whether it is time to come off of disability.  My insurance company, Unum, has just about completed their evaluation, collating information from six physicians and tax returns for the past two years.  And, no, this website is showing no signs of profit so no additional income worries there.  So I may be facing a decision to return to nursing in some capacity or else seek an early retirement.

Still waiting for thoughts and suggestions about resuming the Cancer Book Club.  I will be writing a post in the near future on issues related to writing a critical review of a cancer book, especially of the always heartfelt cancer memoir.  With the coming of cold weather I seem to be easing into a  more comfortable writing schedule – posts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with maybe a short news post on Sundays.  As always,

Take care, Dennis


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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