We created the Bookshelf for a place to highlight CaringBridge website authors who have written books about their health journey. Some people publish a book to close a chapter, and others publish a book as a way to honor and grieve the loss of a loved one. If you are a CaringBridge website author or co-author who has written a book about your experience, and would like to have your book appear in this list, please send us an email at

Don't Postpone Joy: Adventures With Brain Cancer

By Michael Bischoff and Jennifer S. Larson

In the fall of 2015, Michael Bischoff was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. As a husband and father of two young children, he hopes for a cure, of course. But his main focus is on finding wholeness in each moment.

For Michael, the journey toward wellbeing is an ongoing process that is physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational. “I’m in a thin place between life and death, between receiving and giving, between right now and the eternal, between joy and grief,” Michael wrote in his CaringBridge Journal. “My vocation now is receiving love, acknowledging that, and allowing it to keep moving.”

The book “Don’t Postpone Joy: Adventures With Brain Cancer” is a collaboration between Michael and his wife, Jennifer Larson, a photographer and graphic designer.

Hope Conquers All: Inspiring Stories of Love and Healing from CaringBridge

By Sona Mehring

On June 7, 1997, CaringBridge founder Sona Mehring launched one website to support a close friend who endured a life-threatening pregnancy.

Baby Brighid lived only 9 days, but her legacy is reflected in more than 675,000 CaringBridge websites, with 2.1 billion visits, created since 1997.

“Hope Conquers All” contains stories from people of all ages and backgrounds. The adversities they face vary greatly, from children with cancer, to adults requiring life-saving transplants, to victims of horrific accidents, but their stories are unified—hope does conquer all.

And CaringBridge is a place where hope grows. It’s a website that helps people reach out and stay in touch through moments of great need. It inspires them and instills hope; it helps foster and encourage much-needed emotional connection.

These intimate personal stories, which reveal the underlying spiritual presence that connects us all, will encourage people to create channels of love and support in their own lives.