Long Time, No Post

I am making an early New Year’s commitment: rebuilding this blog.  This is the longest period I have ever been away from the blog.  I have been busy with my job at the hospital.  My mother requires ever more care.  And I have technical issues to solve with the software and blog host.

In the next few weeks I need to move my databases and blog content from an Apache server in San Francisco to a “cloud”.  I have been putting this off because I have some anxieties about losing everything.  A lot of time, work, and energy went into this.  Wish me luck!

I am also having issues adding to the blog list.  So once I have successfully moved the blog, I need to solve these WordPress issues.

Once I get everything squared away I want to get back to my 3 posts per week schedule.  I also have a lot of email to catch up on.  Please be patient.

In the meantime please continue to use the lists, make new online friendships, and send your comments, suggestions, and news.

Take care, Dennis

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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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Long Time, No Post — 1 Comment

  1. oh, dennis – i’ve really missed you, and worried about you. your’s is one of the most awesome sites, and i don’t know how i would ever have found the resources, support, advise and hopefulness i so needed when my husband, hugh was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009 – quite suddenly, on our 42nd anniversary, when he went to put something in our car, turned slightly and heard his femur snap in half. i was a hospice nurse for nearly 30 years at that point, but had to leave my job to be a full time caregiver. but i was so grateful to be able to advocate for him, and though “knowing too much”, is a professional hazard, it helped me in my research to find the very best care possible. i visited your site on a regular basis, and felt so grateful for a resource to guide me, listen to others’ stories, and lend support to others with my comments.

    then last december i was diagnosed with ST IV metastatic breast cancer, then a short few days later with insulin dependent diabetes. hugh had not fully recovered from the 2nd of his auto stem cell transplants, nor the awful depression that took away so much of his wonderful self. luckily, he had been diagnosed, and was on a titrated dosing of zoloft and soon after my diagnosis, began to get relief.

    the story of how we’ve coped with both of us having cancer at the same time is something i review in my head every day. it seems so sureal – all of it!

    what i want you to know is that i thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the selflessness, generosity, and compassion you invested in creating, “being cancer network”. and that you make me proud to be a nurse.

    i am relieved and thrilled to hear you are doing well, and i wish you continued success and fulfillment in both your endeavors to refine the technical side of things, as well as in your work to help cancer patients and their loved ones. i believe you have a bright light in your heart, dennis, and that in allowing it to shine through to thousands and thousands of people who experience the fear and darkness of a diagnosis of cancer, make our world a much better place.

    with sincerest gratitude,

    karen sutherland

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