Mea culpa, mea culpa


Periodically it seems, I feel to need to apologize to readers for letting the blog lapse.  It was certainly easier to keep up before I went back to work.  Back then it was the only release from the pent-up need to give back, to use the experience of my illness to try to make a difference.

Now, of course, I spend time with cancer survivors and their families five days a week.  Not only is there less time but the need has been satisfied.  That is no excuse.  I started this blog and I should keep it up.  I still get traffic, even without fresh content.  For a long time the value of this site has been about it being a repository of like souls, suffering and finding truth together.

New Year’s traditionally the time to resolve to do better.  And so I do so resolve.  I set up a new look last January and am satisfied with the look and function of the new software.  However, I did get plagued with hundreds of people per month signing up as members of the community.  But 95% of new members were bogus.  I could never tell what their intentions were.  Never did any of these faux survivors attempt to make comments on a post, solicitous or otherwise.  For some reason there must have been value in just getting their email address up on my site.  Some addresses suggested some sort of selling business.  Others were from Russia – suffix “ru”.  The suspects in the Target intrusion were allegedly from there.  I set up different CAPTCHA tools to prevent “bots” from breaking in.  But these phantoms keep coming dozens per day.  A number of you have written asking for help registering.  I will research the WordPress site and try to open the site up again.  I can always be reached via email though, again, I have been lax in that.

This week brings sub-zero weather back to the heartland.  So I plan to spend some time cleaning up the computer and bringing the blog up to date.  If you know of any new cancer blogs, please pass the information on to me.  Trolling the net for new sites takes a lot of time.

I have been developing some ideas about how people affected by cancer deal with their disease, and especially what role information about cancer informs that experience.  So I will be asking you all for feedback.  In the meantime,

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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