XZRS: Lori Cartagena - The Heartbreak Option - An Inspiring True Story


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The Heartbreak Option - An Inspiring True Story - Born and educated in Brisbane, Australia, Lori showed a love of the arts and entertainment from a very early age. At just 17 years, she ventured to Sydney where R&R was in full swing in 1967, to pursue her passion. It wasn't long before an American Entrepreneur recruited Lori for one of his shows already touring War torn Vietnam in South East Asia. For more than a year she entertained American and Australian troops before returning to Australia briefly. A six-month romance with an American soldier in Vietnam was the original reason Lori journeyed to the USA, but she eventually landed in Canada. For several months Lori taught ballroom dancing in Toronto before leaving the freezing Canadian winter and headed south to sunny Florida with a girlfriend. This turbulent year would ultimately change her life forever. Over the next 13 years, Lori spent her life in both Canada and the U.S. She lived in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Miami, New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, constantly experiencing many new adventures and career changes. She also travelled quite extensively throughout other parts of America as well visiting surrounding Islands both in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It wasn't until the 1980's that Lori, her new husband, Greg and six-month-old infant son, Chris, left the United States to reside in Australia. In 1989, after making several trips back and forth to America they all eventually settled in Australia permanently. However, in 2005, another life changing event took place. This was the catalyst that finally gave the author the inspiration to complete this story. She had made attempts to put her version on pen and paper for years, but there was something missing, and she just couldn't work up the courage to divulge so much of her past life. In May 2005, Lori's secret son who she gave away for adoption in Miami, Florida in 1970 suddenly reappeared in her life. She had just about given up hope of ever finding him, but after a ten-year search, he found her in Australia. The wonderful story of this heart wrenching reunion was published in a two-page story in the June 26, 2006 issue in the Australian Woman's Day. Along with the encouragement of her friend and mentor, award winning author and journalist Alan Veitch, the project began and three years later the manuscript was completed. Lori wants this story to be an inspiration for everyone out their searching for their own missing links and encourage them not to give up. It took 35 years, but it just goes to show that miracles can happen! - http://www.loridcartagena.com/
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