How Far We’ve Come – guest post

Between being out in the garden and preparing for my new job at the transplant clinic has kept me away from the keyboard.  Today we’re back.  The Ovarian Cancer Warrior offers some uplifting sentiments – just the thing to counter the dreary record-rain-filled days of Spring.  You can find more of her at If Cancer Was Easy, They’d Call It Your Mom: My Journey with Ovarian Cancer

Let’s See How Far We’ve Come

Let’s review… Time for a little look back… Another tiny milestone along this journey. However, when you don’t know when the journey will end, every milestone counts. So, let’s gaze back…
18 months down…
Where have we been…?
I have been through just about every treatment option there is.
I have lost two blogging buddies. Rest in Peace, Patty and Darla.
I have told a grand total of 15 people or so what is going on.
I am now fully equipped with oxygen tanks.
I watched my life turn into the script from P.S. I Love You.
I lost three people very dear to me. R.I.P Mitch, Bob, and Mama S.
I have stayed at Stage IV for roughly 6 months (and I’m still here.)
I have almost made it through school. So close. So close.
I have successfully cried for an hour straight today. It’s release. That’s good.
I have no idea where I’m going from here (aside from a nice break).
I have felt the highest highs and lowest lows of my life these months.
I have grown tremendously (in the hopes my tumors would not).

I have become something that I want the world to see and feel.
I am so much more in tune with myself and what’s happening.
I have found a home within myself. Now, to kick cancer’s @$$.
I am ready and raring to go for the next however many months. I got Joseph. I got Sunshine. I got Tony. I got Lexi. I got Ann. I got Beth. I got Michael, and I have ALL OF YOU. Thank you for the support. From my 27 followers to those of you who drop in occasionally to lend an ear, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all kept me going. I won’t let you down.
“Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.” –Author Unknown
“Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.” –Robert Brault
“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”

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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