Author Archives: Lori Dunham

Our Daughter Is Seeing Positive Results From Rituxan

Receiving a diagnosis of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome can be overwhelming. For many, the journey likely entailed multiple visits to doctors and many years of waiting. When we received our daughter Grace’s diagnosis, we learned there is no cure, but we were encouraged upon discovering that numerous treatments are available…

Connecting With Our Children in Meaningful Ways

When our daughter Grace began exhibiting troubling signs of muscle weakness at age 14, symptoms that eventually led to a diagnosis of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, our family quickly went into emergency mode. Our days and nights were consumed with care for her changing needs, medical appointments, treatment plans,…

Living Purposefully in Our New Normal

Learning to live with a chronic illness takes some getting used to, and oftentimes adjustments are needed to help our loved ones live the life they envisioned for themselves. What came easily before doesn’t always come easily now.   When our daughter Grace got sick as a…

Catching Glimpses of Goodness

Our little girl was handed to us on a cool, gray April day in the back room of a government building in Nanchang, China. She had just celebrated her first birthday in the orphanage that sheltered her that first year of life, and we impatiently counted…

Digging for a Diagnosis

Our story starts with a whole lot of waiting. I have never claimed to be a patient person, and when it came to my daughter Grace’s declining health, I was anything but patient in finding a diagnosis. Complicating matters was the fact that we were about to move…

We’re Staying Home for the Holidays

Christmas is by far my favorite time of the year. Holiday music, trimming the tree, baking cookies, family gatherings — none of this can happen soon enough or long enough for my liking. As a military family, we traveled for the holidays for many years.