~ About the Author

Living on the Edge

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN

Dennis Pyritz 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 (PBSCT) with his brother, Mark, as donor.  Dennis has remained in remission since – a near miracle.

This book originally was published on the official website of the Oncology Nursing Society.  Oncology Nursing Society

Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speak 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, Switzerland, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyprus, Israel, and India.

Dennis and his wife, Tish, live in Indiana.  They have three grown sons – Nathan, Ben, and Aaron; two daughters-in-law – Coppelia and Dorothy;  four granddaughters, Sophia and Isabel, and twins, Gemma and Molly; as well as an English setter, Raleigh.   Hobbies are writing, gardening, boating, reading, woodworking, surfing the internet, and going to garage sales and auctions.

Dennis does writing, speaking and consulting on healthcare issues, pharmaceutical programs, survivorship and advocacy, as well as, nursing education.  He writes regularly at the Being Cancer Network, a website featuring essays and Guest Posts, cancer book and movie Reviews, an on-line cancer Book Club, a cancer Events Calendar, a Cancer Book List, Nutritional Tips, and a list of nearly 1000 personal Cancer Blogs, sorted by disease category.  Being cancer, networking people transformed by cancer

~ Profiles on Facebook, My Space, Linkedin, Blogged, My Blog Log (Yahoo), Friends Connect (Google) and Technocrati

Contact: D.P.Healthcare Consulting.   (dphealthcare@att.net)


Comment from Kurt Faulkner
Time April 1, 2011 at 11:46 am


I was just diagnosed with T-PLL on March 25, 2011, and began my Campath treatments this week. I graduate to the 30mg dosage this afternoon. I am near 50, married for 24 years to my wonderful wife. I have one son and daughter. We all live in the Indianapolis area. Life has been a wonderfl journey for me.

I am now being treated at St. Vincents. Would you be open to a phone call or visit sometime soon? I know your schedule must be hectic, but I would appreciate few miniutes of your time to speak with a T-PLL survivor and further gain your insight. I had not heard of T-PLL before last week and now find myself wanting to know all I can in order to make the right choices and overcome.

Thanks for your consideration,

Kurt Faulkner
Zionsville, IN

Comment from Larry Basil
Time October 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm

I was just diagnosed with T-PLL yesterday Oct 14, 2014. I just read your diary and although it brought me to tears it has given me hope about what the future will bring. I am terrified right now and can only hope that the right decisions are made. Would love to know how you are doing now and what I can do to prepare myself for this journey.
Thank you
Larry Basil

Comment from Sharon Loyd
Time March 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Hello Dennis,
I hope this finds you well. My brother-in-law was diagnosed with T-PLL in December 2014, has been treated with Campath and now must decide whether or not to have a transplant. He is immobilized by fear (as is my sister) and the six weeks the doctor gave them to make a decision/prepare is getting closer. Are you available by phone or email to provide some support. Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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