Merry Christmas

It’s been a busy week here.  I am sure it has been for all of you too.  I hope that for most of us the time has been spent in preparation and celebration.  We all know too well that our cancers don’t take a holiday.  There are some of us who will spend at least a portion of this joyous time fighting the fight.  There are some of us who will continue to struggle with pain and discomfort, with nausea and other assorted side effects.

But we hope there will be no room for despair these holidays.  Even if these are, for the unfortunate few of us, the last Christmas season we will live to spend with our friends and family, may each of these days be lived to the fullest, remembering that, even in our darkest hours, we can find hope and solace just in front of us.  On a cold early winter in 2001, I feared that I was facing my last holiday.  Miracle of miracles I am here writing about it almost a decade later – nine years of rich, full human experience, nine more Christmas seasons.

Wishing you all the same, Dennis

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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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Merry Christmas — 1 Comment

  1. What a short but sweet post! Happy holidays. On a happy note, my grandmother-in-law turned 100 on Christmas Eve. It is amazing to me, and she still manages to get around on her own two feet.

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