WordPress Help ?? !!

I am still struggling with moving the blog to a cloud server.  If any of you are or know any experts with WordPress, I could sure use some help. The nice folks at Laughing Squid are trying to advise me.  The last advice involves taking everything down and more or less starting from scratch.  This can be daunting.  My main concern is preserving my database that contains those 1500+ cancer websites.

So I will be working on this, probably over the weekend.  The Apache server that the blog is on will be taken out of commission soon.  It is not clear whether Being Cancer will be accessible after that if it has not migrated to the cloud.  I have big plans for 2013.  I want to expand the list, of course.  I need to catch up on correspondence and feature some posts from some excellent new cancer blogs.  I want to do some polling of reader’s experiences with their healthcare systems.  This is related to…

… some big news at work.  I am involved in a new project – designing and implementing a comprehensive patient and family education service for our cancer service line.  This involves not only our downtown academic medical center, but also more than a dozen hospitals and clinics around the state.

As you all know from reading this blog, providing rich, relevant information about the total cancer experience is a passion of mine.  I believe in empowered patients.  I believe in patients playing an active role as possible in their cancer journey.  I believe in patients and families knowing as much as they need to know about their disease, its treatments and side effects, and about all the various struggles of survivorship.

I have seen it from both sides – working in cancer care as a nurse for 26 years and finding out 11 years ago that I had a rare cancer described as “invariably fatal.”

Reinvigorating this blog will dovetail nicely with my new project.  I only work part-time in the clinic.  So far the extra work on building the education initiative has been tolerable, even restorative.  Both projects have given me an expanded opportunity to continue turn my decade-long battle with cancer into a positive, “we-can-make-a-difference” life.  Thanks for all the kind messages of acknowledgment and support over the past 3-4 years.  I am looking forward to an exciting 2013 with you all!


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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