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CaringBridge is a place for family and friends to rally around someone after a diagnosis, illness, injury, premature birth … any health crisis. While we don’t keep an A-to-Z directory of diseases and conditions, we share stories and articles of real people, and we honor how they choose to share medical details of their health journeys.

stroke-related aphasia
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Life After Stroke: 3 Ways to Keep Aphasia From Getting in the Way of Good Conversation

Three years after experiencing a shower emboli stroke, CaringBridge author Christine Richards of Wyoming said she still speaks with a “stroke accent.” Chris is living with aphasia, an effect of stroke that can make communication challenging for those on the speaking and listening sides of a conversation. “Aphasia didn’t make me not intelligent,” Chris said…. Read More

Stroke survivor Christine and her husband Loren
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Family Defines the New ‘Normal’ After Stroke

Stroke survivor and CaringBridge user Christine and her husband, Loren Three years after a shower emboli stroke left her in a non-responsive state for 10 days, followed by two months at three different hospitals, Christine Richards’ health journey continues. She speaks with what she calls a “stroke accent,” and her grammar and penmanship fall short… Read More

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Katie and Mike with their son Will
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Family Makes Own Path After Childhood Cancer

Katie and Mike with their son, Will, a childhood cancer survivor After your child has had cancer, thinking about the bigger picture is hard. It puts you in a different state of mind. I have to keep myself from going down scary paths. But then I look at my son, Will, doing typical, 3-year-old things…. Read More

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Jacobs Family
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Mom of Cancer Survivor is ‘Grateful to Give Back’

CaringBridge user Karen and her husband Matt with their children Kate (cancer survivor) and Ryan With 9 years now passed since my baby daughter finished active treatment for stage IV neuroblastoma, I don’t think about cancer every day anymore. I am probably down to a few days a year. Maybe, eventually, it will become only… Read More

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Gavin Pierson recuperates after surgery to stop "Joe Bully," the Intracranial Growing Teratoma Syndrome,growing in his brain.
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Strong and Brave: One Child's Fight with Cancer

As I was about to watch my five-year-old undergo chemotherapy, I had a vivid dream that calmed the fear of the unknown. In my dream, Gavin’s neurosurgeon stoically walked out of surgery, telling us confidently, “I got all of the tumor.” This dream, although it would not be realized as I’d hoped, helped each time… Read More

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