Caregiving

Serving as a family caregiver, whether during a health crisis or chronic illness, is a noble, honorable and magnificent act of love. But caregiving can also be relentless, isolating and sometimes scary to have so much responsibility. At CaringBridge, we honor the selflessness of caregiving, and the parents, spouses, siblings, adult children and dear friends thrust into the role, often without warning, when life turns on a dime.

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Caregiving

5 Best Ways to Be a Caregiver's Cheerleader

In 1998, my mother Bonnie was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, and in 2001 she was stricken with liver cancer. As a nurse, my mother was the one providing care for others. She was even a caregiver for her mother, my Grandma Bessie, before she passed away in 1997 at the age of 94…. Read More

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Finding the Words After a Near-Deadly Stroke

Chris Richards speaks carefully and haltingly, her speech but not her mind affected by a stroke two years ago that nearly killed her. But the words are worth waiting for. They tell of the power of determination and faith, the love of a wonderful family, the support and inspiration provided by friends, some of whom… Read More

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4 Steps to Get Organized: Important Documents and Passwords

Sometimes a big event touches off a nerve that spurs you to get your affairs in order, especially if it involves your health or the health of a loved one. But, really, it’s never too soon to organize important documents and records and store them in a safe place, with all your user names and… Read More

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How a Second Chance Changed My Life

Second chances don’t usually drop out of the sky. But for Candice and Tim, that’s exactly what happened. Tim was a longtime alcoholic whose addiction slowly eroded their marriage. Candice stood by him as he tried and failed to turn his life around, but by 2011 she had finally had enough. Already living apart from… Read More

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