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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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How Sweet it is by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.” ~Author Unknown I haven’t posted in a while!!! Been swamped with life! A good thing in Myelomaville. So know when I ... Read on »
Side Effects – A Little Levity by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.” – Timothy Leary For those of us through treatment – b ... Read on »
Living Well With Multiple Myeloma by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer (Hat Tip David Withem, done by Patient Power)   Read on »
Blame, Shame, Regret by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.” - Anonymous Sometimes I just don’t have anything to write about that I feel is worthy ... Read on »
Dear Doctor… by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer An e-patient (also known as Internet patient, or Internet-savvy patient) is a health consumer who uses the Internet to gather information about a medical condition of partic ... Read on »
Sacto Myeloma Meet-Up & Mish Mash 8 by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “I don’t mind because I was knitting and when I’m knitting, I’m happy.” My cousin Robin when I told her I had to pull out and restart my project. So much going on. Writing o ... Read on »
D(ex)-Day by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Take cover – it’s DEX DAY!” – Myeloma Caregivers joking around with each other on the subject of the steroid, Dexamethasone.  Dexamethasone, is a love/hate relationship. It ... Read on »
Labyrinth VIII, The Long Good-bye by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Being there and helping someone I love, in the leaving of their earthly body, was a profound gift that I was honored she allowed me to do for her. In many ways it was she w ... Read on »
Labyrinth VII,The In-Between Stage by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.” - Lao Tzu From Gai ... Read on »
Labyrinth VI, Coming Back by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wi ... Read on »
Labyrinth V, The Meltdown by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s the dealing with it.” From Gail Sheehy’s Eight Labyrinths and the book Passages in Caregiving: . . . . . . . . V. “I Can’t Do This A ... Read on »
Father/Son Super Bowl by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “We’re here! Superrrrr Bowlllllllll!” – Text Dave has been blessed this year with a couple of companies that have gifted him with football tickets. We got two sets for the c ... Read on »
Hang in… by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So I’ve had a couple of friends both in and out of Myelomaville check on me with these latest posts being rather “serious” and difficult. I’m good. I started to write about ... Read on »
Labyrinth IV, Playing God by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “…you’re the only one who truly understands what he or she needs.” – Gail Sheehy, Passages in Caregiving Gail Sheehy’s Labyrinth IV is Playing God.  “By now you’ve become a ... Read on »
Labyrinth III, Boomerang by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain!” – Unknown  In Gail Sheehy’s Eight Labyrinths of Caregiving, Labyrinth III is the ... Read on »
Walking a Labyrinth and The New Normal by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer There is not a ‘required way’ to walk a labyrinth. The beauty of the labyrinth is that people can approach the experience on their own terms. However, as a guideline, we oft ... 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 »
Loving Labyrinth of Caregiving – Gail Sheehy by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “I had an inspiration while walking a labyrinth. You go in circles, sudden twists and turnings. It’s a lot like the surprises and complications we face on our journey as car ... 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 »
Stand by Me by Lori P. Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer “When the night has come And the land is dark And the moon is the only light we’ll see No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t be afraid Just as long as you stand, stand by me” – L ... Read on »