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.


Kindest Cuts: Free Clips of Kindness for Cancer Patients

In mid-2010, Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen approached Jane Evans, a franchisee in Colorado, and asked her opinion about a philanthropy effort that could be offered system-wide: giving cancer patients free clipper haircuts when facing hair loss as a result of their treatment. Expressing a personal philosophy of “You’ve got to give to receive,” Jane… Read More

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Creating Hope Together: Surround PTSD with Support

The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are significant: someone suffering from the disorder feels stressed and frightened, even when there is no threat or danger. But researcher Dr. Steffany J. Fredman of Pennsylvania State University has zeroed in on how the effects of PTSD also can extend to loved ones. Through her research, she’s… Read More

chemo side effects can't stop Kristin's dad

Chemo vs. Taste Buds: The Culinary Side Effects of Cancer

When my dad was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal cancer in May of 2012, the last thing our family wanted to give up was our favorite pastime: eating. But chemotherapy does more to the appetite than cause nausea; it affects the way things feel and taste. Rather than let his treatments kick us in the… Read More


Living with Cancer – and with Joy

Kenon Neal has been diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer which metastasized to her liver, after battling cancer in various forms, on and off, over the past 28 years. Despite health challenges, she doesn’t use words like “struggle.” She uses words like “opportunity” and “appreciation.” It’s not easy, she says. But it is a privilege to… Read More

Jill Foer Hirsch, breast cancer survivor

My Own Silver Lining Playbook: Laughing at My Cancer as a Coping Tool

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day on June 1, 2014, we offer this encore post from Jill Foer Hirsch, a breast cancer survivor who began writing during her treatment, and hasn’t stopped since. I don’t take offense when people call me wacky, offbeat or different. I can’t deny that I find humor in unlikely… Read More

Autism in young adults like Taylor

Transitioning into Adulthood with Autism: Taylor's Story

“I did a ton of research as his mom to make sure that I understood the diagnosis and was advocating for him appropriately.” – Kelly E., mom of a young adult with autism In recognition of autism awareness month, we wanted to share some of our staff’s personal experiences with their children’s lives with autism. In… Read More