Cancer Writing Award Created

New Writing Awards Badge

My second antibiotic is starting to kick in against my latest upper respiratory infection.  So I have crawled out of bed.  It’s about time to work on one of my New Year’s Resolutions: creating an award badge to recognize some of the outstanding work of cancer survivors who blog about the experience.  Last year I created the Honor Roll for Excellence in Cancer Writing. (You can navigate to the Honor Roll page from the site map at left or menu above, under “Community”)

My greatest revelation in starting a “blogroll” for Being Cancer was the quality of writing that I found week after week.  I started printing examples of this writing as our Guest Post feature, one of the most popular and widely read features on our site.  For the most part these are not professional writers.  They are just folks who started blogs and were somehow able to connect deeply with what they were experiencing as cancer survivors.  They were then able to convey the depth of that experience in elegant, moving prose.  Excellent, compelling writing has always been my sole criteria for selection.

Working over the holidays with my son from Boston who knows HTML code far better than I,  we managed to create a Writing Award Badge.  It features the Being Cancer Network lighthouse logo against a royal blue background.  From now on bloggers who are placed on the Honor Roll will be allowed to display this award on their own website.  I plan to spend the next few days sending out award pages to past recipients. I will also be working on updating the Honor Roll listings.

Be patient, try to enjoy the snow, and start having a great New Year.  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.


Cancer Writing Award Created — 1 Comment

  1. Dennis,
    What a wonderful award you have created. I see that blogs I follow and women who are my friends have been your guest bloggers.

    PS- Thanks too for placing my blog in your cancer blogger list.

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