R.I.P., Lori Cohen

"Lori "Doc" Cohen.

“Lori “Doc” Cohen.

My friend Lori Cohen went west on Saturday after a long battle with cancer.

“Doc” was my chiropractor, and she spent a lot of time and energy saving me from myself, so much so that she tried to get me interested in yoga to lighten her load a bit (sorry, Doc).

We shared a wide variety of interests — food and the preparation thereof, exercise to burn off the attendant calories, Santa Fe, Vespas, lefty politics, snark, and so on.

The final stage of her illness came on as we were beginning the transition from Bibleburg to Duke City, and I wasn’t able to give Doc as much attention as she deserved, having given so much of hers to me over the years.

But I did drop by on the day she was selling her beloved blue Vespa LX 150, to take it for a short test ride, make sure everything was in working order, and see how she was bearing up.

After I rolled the Vespa back into her driveway, Doc said she wanted to take a final spin on the scoot. The cancer had brought her quite a bit of pain, and limited her use of one arm, so I wasn’t eager to sign off on the ride, noting that if anything got horribly sideways her longtime friend and caregiver Jeff Tarbert would beat the shit out of both of us, but mostly me.

But Doc wasn’t going to let that final opportunity pass her by. She climbed aboard, twisted the throttle and putt-putted off up the hill. She didn’t fall off until Saturday.

My thoughts are with her many friends and family.

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22 Responses to “R.I.P., Lori Cohen”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    I hope the Hereafter, assuming there is one, is a good place for folks like Dr. Lori, who gave so much good to this world. As for the rest of us…..I guess we prove once again that the good die young.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Fair it ain’t, for sure. Doc fought the good fight, though, and you can’t do any more than that.

      The good news is, if only the good die young. I’m liable to live forever.

  2. Debby, north of Crestone Says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss. It sounds like she was a good person.

    But I’m glad to hear she insisted on taking that final ride! I would do the same.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Doc certainly carped that ol’ diem, Debby. She kept working as long as she was able, too, trying to help others between surgeries and chemo. A brave soul, to be sure. I would have dissolved into a largish puddle of tears and various waste products.

  3. Pat and Sandy O'Brien Says:

    I re-read chapter 16 of the Tao te Ching just now. We are sorry for your loss.

  4. Boz Says:

    Very sorry to hear one so special had to leave the party so early. Like Khal sez………

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      She was a good’un, Boz. Always armed with a hug and a kiss for an old pal, even if she wasn’t feeling quite up to snuff. And tough, too. She could always get my crooked old spine back in proper working order, no matter how I’d managed to rearrange its bits and pieces.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    I see from her site that she did her undergrad at SUNY New Paltz. Sounds like she was from my neck of the woods.

  6. Steve O Says:

    Condolences and sympathies to her friends and family. Apparently those pink cleats and gloves billion dollar athletes are wearing on Sundays aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.

  7. Libby Says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Patrick. She sounds like a very lovely, learned and dynamic person. My sympathies to you and her friends and family.

  8. veloben Says:

    My condolences and my sympathy to you, her family and friends. That you had a soft spot for her says volumes.

  9. Doug Glondeniz Says:

    Sorry to hear that, Pat. At least her suffering is over.

  10. Ryan Says:

    Sorry for your loss Patrick, Cancer Fu*king sucks.

  11. brokenlinkjournalism Says:

    Sorry to hear this Patrick. From the sound of it, she was good people. And you are too for “safety testing” her scoot.

  12. mountainhigh10200 Says:

    I am sorry Patrick.

  13. Mike Frye Says:

    Sorry to hear of your friends passing. There is little I can do to make it up to you,

    Cancer Is a bitch. My godmother died of breast cancer about twenty years ago.The main thing was I never got to say good bye. When I went to the funeral and then talked to her husband (my Godfather) I told him about that and he said that she always liked me. I used to stay over at their house sometimes and she was always a lot of fun (for a grown up).

    Best wishes Mike Frye

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