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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.

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Celebrating Deaf Awareness Week

This week is recognized as International Week of the Deaf or Deaf Awareness Week, and its purpose is to increase public awareness of deaf issues, people, and culture. The second language I learned was ASL (American Sign Language), and my mom tells me I used to sign in my sleep instead of talking out loud. I… Read More

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Alopecia Awareness, Diagnosis and Treatment

September is designated Alopecia Awareness Month by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). The purpose of this post is to inform the reader about alopecia areata, a common form of hair loss that affects over 6 million Americans. Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune type of hair loss due to unknown causes. In this condition… Read More

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Jill Hirsch shares how she laughs through her breast cancer journey
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Breast Cancer: Laughing ’Til It Hurts

As I discussed in my first two posts, I successfully used humor to make it through my breast cancer diagnosis and a battery of tests and doctors. But surgery and treatment are where the rubber meets the road. Until I had my bilateral mastectomy, I had never once been a hospital patient or even had… Read More

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CaringBridge staff take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
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What An ALS Family REALLY Thinks About the Ice Bucket Challenge

The following post originally appeared on Bo Stern’s blog in response to the viral success of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge–a challenge that CaringBridge staff enthusiastically took on. Well, we are on week two of the very-viral very-everywhere ALS ice bucket challenge. I know, I know, I can hear the groans… it started out cute and… Read More

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Keep Calm and Rock On - Shara's motto for facing cancer
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Keep Calm and Rock On—Despite Cancer

“I won’t give you up mom; you can be my mom forever.” Those were the words of my then three-year-old as we cuddled before bed on August 11, 2013. I held back the tears because I didn’t want to upset her. My three- and four-year-old daughters weren’t aware that I was diagnosed with advanced Nasopharyngeal… Read More

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Jill Hirsch shares how she laughs through her breast cancer journey
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Breast Cancer? Keep Laughing.

In my first post, Laughing at My Cancer, I talked about my use of a humor as a coping mechanism when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s one thing to maintain a sense of humor while the disease is still an abstract concept, but what about when all the gears start moving? The beauty… Read More

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