Rest in Peace

Winter can be a bleak time for cancer survivors.  The death of Daria Maluda cast another shadow over our community recently.  The preceding post dealt with grieving over a child’s death.  Therefore I am sorry to report the passing of three more cancer bloggers.  Some of these are not recent but only recently came to my attention.  All three were exceptional writers and human beings.  Each was a member of our Honor Roll for Excellence in Cancer Writing, having published Guest Posts on these pages.

~ Barry Fraser, An Explorer’s View of Life, an esophageal cancer survivor, left us last July.

~ Christine Lynds, On The Edge Of Light, a Canadian breast cancer blogger, died peacefully in September.

~ Erik Ludwinski died just shy of his twenty-fifth birthday last February.  In having lived that long, Erik was a hero and spokeperson to scores of young children who struggle with neuroblastoma.

If you know of any other bloggers that have passed recently, please let me know via email ( or by commenting below.

Social Support Research Opportunity:

Hello Dennis.  My name is Jessye Cohen and I am a doctoral student at
Virginia Commonwealth University. Under the supervision of my advisor,
Dr. Kathleen Ingram, I am conducting a study of social support of
individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer.

I am writing to ask if you would be willing to share the following
description by posting it on your website or passing it along via
email. I am really interested in hearing from a variety of people
living with cancer:

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University are conducting a
survey of individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer in order to
understand use of different social support resources. If you are over
age 21 and have been diagnosed with cancer, you are eligible to
complete a 30-minute survey about your experiences using web-based and
other tools or support groups. Please follow this link for more
information and to participate in the survey:  Please feel free to contact me
with any questions or for more information.


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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