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Lori P.

California
My husband, age 48 at the time (June 2008), was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Feel free to visit my blog (www.loripuente.com) of recounting our journey from a caregiving point of view. The blog also has a link to my husband's Caring Bridge website, where I... Full Bio
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Burzynski, The Movie by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident.” – ... Read on »
California Rules, HIPAA, Headaches by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The rules in California are like none other, when it comes to healthcare.  I have several complaints that have made our experience more difficult than it needed to be. ... Read on »
Calm Hysteria by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer July 12 – 15, 2008 Things are heating up for my departure. Dave is still giving me overall good reports on his condition. Sleeping OK, pain levels controlled an ... Read on »
CalMac (insomnia, muscle cramp & spasm remedy) by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Calmac Original (Powder) 5 oz Calmac™ Original, a worldwide best seller and a long time favorite of our customers, supplies calcium and magnesium in a 3:1 ratio (450 mg calc ... Read on »
Cancer Conversations by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Each person’s life is lived as a series of conversations.” - Deborah Tannen Well, while I’m waiting for my friends to send me the photos from our trip out to a small Alpaca ... Read on »
Cancer in the News… by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “What cancer does is, it forces you to focus, to prioritize, and you learn what’s important.” – Joel Siegel It felt good to be away, but nagging in the back of my mind as I ... Read on »
Cancer Supportive Care Model – Paradigm Shift by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “…To overcome the anxiety associated with cancer and to foster patient participation, the MIRT has a longstanding open medical record policy; ie, patients have instantaneous ... Read on »
Cancer, Blue Heron, Anna by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain In the midst of our life’s upheaval I ventured into our LYS (Local Yarn Shop) in ... Read on »
Caregiver Transition by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer from caregiving back to wife, friend and individual… Dave and I both found ourselves in an awkward situation in the doctor’s office in Little Rock. a little back ... Read on »
Caregiving Labyrinth I by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “The caregiver’s journey is different. It does not proceed from stage to stage in a neat fashion. It is definitely not linear. It feels like we are going around in circles, ... Read on »
Caring Bridge by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I knew about Caring Bridge (if you don't, you should check it out) from friends of a teenager who had been in a car accident. It is a wonderful tool that allows you, ... Read on »
Carol, Lynn & Linda by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Today is a special day. Last year about this time, I got word that a childhood friend of my sister Lynn had cancer and that she was terminal and due to go into surge ... Read on »
Celebratory Cruise by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.” - Michel de Montaigne Dave and I have been married 30 years this year. ... Read on »
Changing Cytogenetics by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “The rules of the past no longer apply.” – Ken Anderson, MD, Dana Farber An interview with Ken Anderson at the 53rd ASH Conference on New Therapies and Changing Cytogenetics ... Read on »
Check-Up, Little Rock Style by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Dave: “What do they say?” Lori (reading test reports): “Well, they say you get to live another 6 months.” Laughter from Dave, the Nurse, and our new Doc. All went well, as w ... Read on »
Colds, Sore Throats by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer ARGH!  Dave was getting a sore throat last week and got a nice hacking cough. He’s successfully on the mend, but it brings up that FEAR that strikes at the heart of even ... Read on »
Communication – While in Crisis by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence. To survive in the world, we have to act in concert with others, bu ... Read on »
Community Event – Elk Grove, CA by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Theme Last night, Dave and I ventured out on our very first “Community Event” in Elk Grove where we moved in 2008. You know, if you have been visiting my carin ... Read on »
Complacent, Cavalier, LIVING… ? by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “It is now clearer than ever that the human species is in the midst of a war with the microbial world – a resilient foe that will never be completely defeated.” Anthony S. F ... Read on »
Complete Remission Predicts for Long Survival of Patients with Multiple Myeloma by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “It’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.”  - Abraham Lincoln This is an article on an MD Anderson Study. Complete Remission Predicts for Lo ... Read on »