Remembering Lori Paulson
"Lori Paulson (8/5/1980 - 3/16/2016), 35, passed away from pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. Most obituaries would talk about her brave and tough battle. Most obituaries would be written by family scratching their heads, not knowing which life accomplishments and family of hers to highlight. Most people wouldn't write their own obituary. But, as any of my friends could tell you, I am not 'most' people.
During the two years after my cancer diagnosis I was often told how strong and inspirational I was for so many. The other side of the story is the strength of the people around me. Their strength is what built me up and kept me going. My husband, my son, my parents, the family that I share no genetics with but who are indeed family, my beloved Aggie football players, girlfriends and guy friends--THEY were my backbone. They held me up even when they didn't know it.
Bragging about my own accomplishments--even in an obituary--seems so, what's the phrase...self-indulgent? I would rather tell you what a blast my life was. I mean it was FUN. I know for a fact I laughed more than I cried. I know when I reminisce, I think about the good more than the bad. I know I was the best mommy I could be for the short amount of time I was given. Dancing, the Mayfield Trojans and the NMSU Aggies are just a few highlights. Cooking, eating and learning a lifelong art of wine was love for for my taste buds. Sharing these passions with my boys makes me proud that my family is so well rounded.
Now, let's be real, I was no saint. But as one of my favorite people says, "Saints aren't any fun." I think she is right on! So tonight, do me a favor. Open a bottle of wine, "Raise your glass!" like P!nk, consume responsibly and then laugh as much as possible with the people you love. At the end of the day--at least at the end of mine--that is what I remembered.
I'm so satisfied with my short life and can't imagine how so many people are not happy with theirs. If happiness is a choice, please choose it, every time."
-Lori Jo Paulson
We couldn’t have picked better words to use to describe this beautiful individual. She wrote this before she passed and her family and friends felt this was perfect, it was simply Lori. We ask that you all help us continue Lori’s legacy and love for Aggie Football by contributing to the Lori Paulson Football Excellence Fund today. We know that nothing would make her happier than to see her Aggies succeed.
From her family and friends, we thank you all for the support! #AggieLove