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.


Seasonal Affective Disorder: Bringing Light to a Darkness Disorder

Do you find yourself struggling with depression year after year when the winter months hit? Or do you feel agitated and restless every summer? For you the “winter blues” and/or “summer angst” may feel unmanageable, sending your emotional and physical health into a tailspin during specific seasonal months. If this describes you, then you may… Read More

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Type 1 Diabetes and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

CaringBridge has always been a resource for those experiencing a challenging pregnancy. In her own words, Carly shares her story of being pregnant and managing Type 1 Diabetes. Terrified of Pregnancy Growing up with Type 1 diabetes didn’t slow me down. While at times it was a nuisance, I never let it take control of… Read More

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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


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

Jill Hirsch shares how she laughs through her breast cancer journey

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

CaringBridge staff take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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