Cancer Site Kudos

Debbie

We passed a couple milestones recently.  And the occasion was made even more special by an email from a grateful reader.  It’s the sort of thing that keeps us going.  The visit counter just ticked over 70,000.  About the same time I recalculated the blogs on all the lists.  I have discovered quite a few new ones lately.  The new total comes to over 1200 personal cancer blogs!

Just before I wrote this post I finished doing some redesigning of the Cancer Blogs Lists.  I have combined the cervical and ovarian lists under a new “Gynecologic Cancers” section.  I renamed “Widows and other Survivors” into the more direct title “Grief Blogs”.  I edited the “Uncommon Cancers” section, moving many of the blogs to other more appropriate lists (for instance, “Wilm’s tumor” blogs to the “Kidney Cancer” section as this is a type of childhood cancer of the kidneys).  Diseases with smaller number of blogs – bone, bladder, pancreatic, testicular, etc – move to the “Miscellaneous Cancers” page.  Finally, the now smaller “Uncommon Cancers” list resides on the “Miscellaneous” page also.

What I am really excited about today is the following email:

Hi Dennis,
I found your blog a little over a year and a half ago. After being diagnosed with oral cancer on January 20, 2009, I started frantically searching the web for any information I could find. I found a blog of a young woman who had a diagnosis of cancer almost identical to mine, hers was the one and only blog I found, at that time, that was so close to my diagnosis. I found her blog to be so critical in my understanding of what I was going to be facing. Since then my computer crashed and I have been unable to locate her blog again. I did, however, after viewing her blog, create one of my own to chronicle my experience in the hope of not only keeping our many family, friends and acquaintances informed in how I am doing, but also to hopefully be a help to anyone who may receive this horrible diagnosis in the future. I have tried to be very informative on by blog including some graphic and very unflattering pictures of my cancer journey.

I check your blog daily, excited to read each new post. I can’t tell you how much help and comfort I have received from reading the blogs of other cancer patients you have made available from your web site. It was so wonderful to find your web site at a time when I was desperately seeking to hear from others who have been through what I was facing. I don’t know if you would be interested in including my blog on your site or not. It has been my desire, in writing it, to possibly be a help to anyone else facing this rare form of oral cancer. My blog is    There Will Be Grace

Once again THANK-YOU for taking the time to set up and continue to add to, and maintain your web site!!!! It seems as if every post I read, touches my life in some way.

Today’s entry, Cancer Symptoms Endure, is so relevant to what I have been experiencing lately. It is wonderful to know I am not alone in the things I am experiencing a year after finishing treatments. Before my cancer diagnosis I hadn’t been to the doctor in probably five years, but now sometimes, I find myself wondering if I have been sick for so long that these symptoms are somehow only in my mind. Then I read something you or one of your guest speakers have written and it helps to know I am not so unusual!!! Wow, I can’t say thank-you enough!!!

Sincerely,
Debbie Ruppe

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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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