Spring Update


I am going to be adding a number of cancer blogs in the next few days.  I’ll be posting samplings of some of them also.  It’s been a long time between posts.  Once again I feel that I have let people down out there.  Things conspire – the arrival of Spring and weeds in the garden, putting in more fruit trees, putting down 170 bags of mulch; my mother still lives with us, fading mentally a little more each day;  new impending health issues of my own which I’ll write about later; and then a major project at work (I still only work part-time), creating a comprehensive, coordinated patient and family cancer education program for our two dozen clinics and units throughout the state – this in my spare time and the project involves creating a new website.  This could be my final and best work as a nurse.

But it’s looking like rain today. This website needs work again.  The WordPress platform needs updated again.  They tell me it is vulnerable.  But I always worry about losing date whenever I upgrade.  For some reason I get a dozen new registrations per day, almost 1000 in the past few months.  By their addresses I think most of them are from human bots and trollers – they get thru the captcha hurdle  They don’t seem to be able to make comments but then legitimate readers don’t seem to be able to either.  Contact me offsite with details of any issues you encounter.

I’ll be posting some samples of cancer writing later today, staggering their publication over the next two weeks – survivors of breast cancer, ovarian, skin cancer, lymphoma, mesothelioma, and others.  I happened to catch the last episode of “The Big ‘C'” – I may write about that also.  Thank you all for your continued support and readership.  Visits topped 300k last week.

Take care, Dennis


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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