12 Days of Cancer Grateful – guest post

Cumberland Falls

Here is a little something to help carry you through the weekend.  The author describes herself as “Three teenagers, two cancers and one bone marrow transplant. Can cancer be funny? Yes! Teenagers not so much.”

12 days of grateful….

As the year comes to a close my 12 things that I am the most grateful-
1. Blood donors- Without you none of this would be possible
2. My bone marrow donor- Nothing compels one to donate but it is from a pure unselfish place that someone chooses to do so.
3. The researchers and medical system that allows new discoveries to become the standard of treatment.
4. NPR- which keeps me informed and my liberal left still leaning.
5. For bloggers- who over the past two years have been the friends through all of this even though me have never met or exchanged a word.
6. Chocolate- Never enough, never too much!
7. For the truck driver with the Christmas wreath in the front and the antlers on the windows- You make me laugh.
8. Laughter- Nothing eases the day than a good laugh
9. Touch- The pats on the leg, the straightening of the pillows, the hugs that reminded I was still in the land of living and I should chill out.
10. Friends far and wide that kept in touch, kept me laughing, kept me in gossip and gave me back normal for even a short period of time.
11. Books and reading that have transported me to other places and times and have widened my world farther than I could go on my own.
12. Family- Without them I could never have done this on my own. It is true that when confronted with your mortality all you want is more time with the people you love.

~ from mar510 | Musing on Lemons turning to Lemonade

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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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