One Year Ago – guest post

This is from a blogger that I just recently discovered at Julie’s Myeloma Moments.  On this particular day, when we are looking back over the past year before we take our next tentative steps forward, I thought that this post would be familiar to many of us.  Wishing all a blessed and healthy new year.  Dennis

One Year Ago Today

One Year Ago Today… December 14, 2009… I had my first appointment in the the Hematology/Oncology Dept at Kaiser with the brilliant and lovely Dr Lee and her amazing and supportive Nurse Jalee…

One Year Ago Today… I was shocked when checking in and saw Oncology attached to Hematology…

One Year Ago Today… I was presumptuous about my ‘good’ health and saying to myself… “huh”… I don’t belong in this Dept; I couldn’t have cancer… I’m just really anemic! Cancer doesn’t run in my family, so I’m really only here to have my blood tests analyzed. I’m just really fatigued and tired from the semester; I’m not sick…

One Year Ago Today… I was my goofy and silly self at this appt and they must have thought… O boy… this gal sure is clueless!!!

One Year Ago… a Week later… I was receiving serious phone calls from my Doctor
One Year Ago… a Week later… I was going for more blood tests which turned out even worse than the ones before and was told I may have to be hospitalized and receive emergency blood transfusions

One Year Ago… a Week later… I was surprised and shocked by an “unscheduled” Bone Marrow Biopsy
One Year Ago… a Week later… I was beginning to realize something serious might be going on with me

One Year Ago… a Week later… it was nearing the Holidays and I went about celebrating AS IF EVERYTHING WAS OK

One Year Ago… a Week later… I was awaiting the results of my first Bone Marrow Biopsy and beginning to process the seriousness of my situation… but still in optomistic denial
One Year Ago… a Week later… I still was still convincing myself everything would be ok… had to be ok… and NOTHING REALLY could be wrong with ME… THEY must be making a mistake…

One Year Ago… just Days before my cancer diagnosis…
I was celebrating family, friends and life and was truly clueless!
Me with my wonderful Uncle Murray
Seriously, do I look like I’m filled with 67% cancerous Myeloma cells
Just call me Clara Clueless!!!!!
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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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