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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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CureTalk Interview – Lori Puente by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “The greatest discovery of the 20th Century is that our attitude of mind determines our quality of life, not circumstances.” – William James My interview is up over at CureT ... Read on »
CureTalk Interview – Nick van Dyke by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “…I figured I had been dealt a terrible hand and I had two choices: fight, or roll over and die. It was a pretty simple decision.” – Nick  Nick and Dave were diagnosed a few ... 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 »
MishMash – 10 Normal vs New Normal by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Every day is a new chance to choose. Choose to change your perspective. Choose to flip the switch in your mind. Turn on the light and stop fretting about with insecurity an ... Read on »
The Last Piece…EXERCISE! by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”  - Plato For those of you who m ... Read on »
Basket of Worries (or Wishes) by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”  - Mark Twain (Kind of neat I found a quote on this from Mark Tw ... Read on »
Lake Tahoe & Friends (Old & New) by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.” - Bernard Meltzer When we moved to California from Bangor, ... Read on »
Family & Friends by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes My 1st cousin, once removed… meaning she and my father were first cousins and thei ... Read on »
The Good, The Bad, and The Inspirational by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”  ― a headstone in Ireland This past week we lost two in Myelomaville. Actually we lost mor ... Read on »
MishMash – 9 by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – Unknown Wow! Once again I am absent from blogging for ... Read on »
Stage at Diagnosis by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “But when I first got cancer, after the initial shock and the fear and paranoia and crying and all that goes with cancer – that word means to most people ultimate death – I ... Read on »
Identity by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience.” - James Baldwin Indeed. All that I am comes from all that I have been ... Read on »
Spiritual Awakening… by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force – that thoughts rule the world.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson This was running around FaceBook and I ... Read on »
How to celebrate… by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Anniversary: The annually recurring date of a past event, especially one of historical, national, or personal importance.” – American Heritage Dictionary With cancer being ... 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 »
Just Stuff by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” - Robert Louis Stevenson. It has felt soooooo good to be back on my blog. Sometimes topics just fl ... Read on »
Myeloma 101 – Videos by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.” – Unknown David Withem over at Working With Me started a Myeloma 101 website and then from there started a Y ... Read on »
Help – Allow, Ask by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to m ... Read on »
Fear by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.” - Japanese Proverb There are times that a topic seems to speak to me with a mega phone. It comes from various sources and begins t ... Read on »
MishMash – 8 by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.” – Alexander Woollcott, American Author Wowsa! What a trip! I was gone for about 11 days traveling back east ... Read on »